It’s common for owners of brick homes to complain about water intrusion, and when there’s water intrusion within the home, there’s an increased chance of mold growing. It’s said that mold is known to grow within the home 24 to 48 hours after water intrusion or after a flood has occurred.
There are several different reasons why water intrusion can occur in a brick home, from poor brick masonry work to the use of inexpensive construction materials. However, even the best brick veneer layers cannot always prevent water intrusion.
Protect The Wood Framing
The best way to prevent water intrusion and mold in a brick home is to protect the wood framing of the house from getting wet, to redirect collected water back to the exterior as quickly as possible and to collect all water that leaks through the walls.
Use High-Quality Building Materials
Installing top-quality flashing on top of the foundation wall when the first course of bricks starts, will help reduce the chance of water intrusion. Your inside and outside corners and your overlap joints should be sealed completely. Make sure that your home’s framing is covered and secured, to protect from water, with a modern infiltration system or tar paper.
Taking these extra steps and ensuring that quality material is being used will ultimately help reduce the chance of water entering the home and, subsequently, creating an ideal environment for mold to grow. These steps will also help prevent needing to lay new bricks which can be extremely expensive and time-consuming.
Brick homes are just as susceptible to water intrusion as other constructions that are not properly built. Since excess water in the home can lead to mold growth, which can affect human health and your family’s safety, it’s vital to fix any source of water intrusion quickly.