Learn to Track for Water Leaks on Brick Home


Brick homes that have been sealed completely can also have leaking problems. You will never know when water would be able to leak through your brick home especially in the foundation area or even through the basement part of your house. You must always do regular check on your brick homes and if you notice there are drips of water running down any parts of the brick from inside of the house it is without doubt that there is at least one leaking problem in the brick. This article will help you to know ways for solving the leaking problems that might occur in your brick homes and also assist you in finding out the exact location of the leak in your bricks.

To track for water leaks on brick home, you need:

  • Pencil
  • Digital moisture meter
  • Ladder
  • Level
  • Garden hose

Tracking Water Leaks on Brick Home

Learn to Track for Water Leaks on your Brick Home

  • First thing that you need to do is to take a pencil for marking any of the leaking areas that you find.
    • Once you found the leaking area with water drip or running through the brick, you have to mark it with the pencil on the brick or even the block on the inside area of your house
    • Make sure to follow the water trail as far as you can until you find the exact area it originated and determine the leak thoroughly on the area.
  • The next thing that you must check is the areas surrounding all windows and doors that you installed in your brick homes.
    • What you need to check is whether they are sealed in a proper manner or not and also whether they are sealed using silicone or caulk on both of its inside and outside section of your home.
    • Make sure that you look and check for any gaps that you see between your window and the brick on the both of its inside and outside section of your home.
  • Another area that you need to check is leaks that happen in areas where your home meets with the foundation.
    • This is because it is a very common area that you will find gaps within your brick or block.
    • You must check not only from the inside area of the house but also inspect the outside area of the house.
    • In order to check for any leaks on the brick, you need to run your hands over any of the suspected brick that might have leaking problems.
  • For those of you who have a digital moisture meter, you can simply press it up against different areas of your brick wall.
    • The reading result of your digital moisture meter will definitely vary depending on your house location.
    • You must always move your digital moisture meter on different section of the inside areas of your home and try to look for a reading which is extremely high compared to the other brick areas that you have previously checked.
  • Once you find any of the bricks that consist of high moisture readings, you must look for any cracks that have water leaks until you really find water leaks in that particular area.
  • If your house ceilings are made of bricks, you can easily notice if any leaks occur on the ceiling through water spots, the peeling of paints or even rotting of your drywall.
    • This will provide you with idea on which area of your brick ceiling that has water leaking problem.
  • Next, you need to climb to your roof of your brick home by using a ladder.

You must always make sure that your roof is dry when you climb onto it and there is also no rain expected during the time you are doing the task for at least a few hours.

  • If there are breaks in the seams or gaps, you need to check the flashing on the roof and you must start to inspect this area first for any cracks that might occur.
    • The flashing on your roof connects your roofing membrane to non-roofing structures of your brick homes.
    • For instance, for a common flashing around your chimney’s base, you must ensure that the flashing has been positioned in a correct way that water would be able to be deflected way from your chimney, pipe as well as the wall.
    • You can easily find the source of your leak if the deflecting water moves toward your chimney, pipe or wall.
  • After that, you need to walk to exactly where you believe the water leakage happened to your brick ceiling below.
    • You have to search for signs of pooled water at this area or for any concentric circles of dried dirt which is a puddle of evidence.
    • Then, you have to place a level down flat on your roof in order to identify any low points as well as other areas that could pool water.
  • Next, you need to trace for any trail of water the end up at the pool of water.
    • You must also look for any trail on your roofing membrane which has been slightly discolored that also ends right at the pool of water in order for you to see where the water leak starts.
    • By redirecting the above trail from its current path, you would be able to resolve your water leaking problems.
  • If there is any gaps or cracks on all seams of your roofing material, you need to check them.
    • This is because seams are the most common area where water would be able to seep through and leaks into your brick homes.
    • Any cracked roofing material that you found must be replaced with a new one. You can even apply roofing cement in order to seal the cracks or gaps of the roof.
  • Finally, you can do a simple test to check whether there are any possible leak spots or cracks by using your water hose.
    • You need to direct the water hose onto the suspected area of the leak.
    • It will be good if you could emulate the exact path where the water has managed to get to that particular area.
    • You must at least allow the water to run for at least 10 minutes to one or two hours. This is to provide ample time for the water to progress naturally into the low areas or leaking spots and start to leak through and seeps into your bricks.

    Always remember that whenever you want to track water leaks on your brick house,

    • You must bear in mind that water leaks commonly follow a path of least resistance and in the end pool into one location.

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