Gaps in brick siding


Old 02-04-10, 10:01 AM
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Gaps in brick siding

Hello. I just bought a small brick ranch that was built in the 70s. It's on a slab foundation, and it's located in NC. I've noticed on the third layer of bricks around the house, there are half inch vertical gaps between bricks every six feet or so. It doesn't look like the mortar has failed or the house has settled; it looks like the gaps are intentional.

Does anyone have an idea what the gaps could be needed for? I'm concerned that the gaps are letting in cold air, so if they are intentional, any idea what I could do to minimize air coming through them? Thanks!
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Old 02-04-10, 10:14 AM
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I'm not a mason but they sound like weep holes that are placed to help remove any moisture that might get behind the brick.

Air infiltration shouldn't be a problem. You have plywood covered with tar paper sealing off the studs [and house] behind the brick.
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