Worthwhile adding weep holes to an existing brick veneer?

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Worthwhile adding weep holes to an existing brick veneer?

I'm closing on a clay brick veneer house in Montgomery Texas tomorrow (I hope).

Weep holes are missing around most of the house, I only saw 2 or 3 in maybe 200'+ of brick.

Is it worthwhile to drill new weep holes near the foundation?

My home inspector recommended I drill 3/16" holes in the mortar between bricks, just above the concrete slab, every 3 bricks or so along the perimeter just to let air circulate better behind the brick.

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(I will lower the soil where its creeping up against the brick... I promise...)



Thanks,

Mark
 
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Old 02-11-10, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by mmcfarlane View Post
I'm closing on a clay brick veneer house in Montgomery Texas tomorrow (I hope).

Weep holes are missing around most of the house, I only saw 2 or 3 in maybe 200'+ of brick.

Is it worthwhile to drill new weep holes near the foundation?

My home inspector recommended I drill 3/16" holes in the mortar between bricks, just above the concrete slab, every 3 bricks or so along the perimeter just to let air circulate better behind the brick.

A picture is attached.



(I will lower the soil where its creeping up against the brick... I promise...)



Thanks,

Mark
Weep holes are seldom done and or installed incorrectly in residential construction in my experience. they are part of a drainage system of through wall flashing & often some sort of a mortar baffle that helps keep the weep holes clear of mortar that drops behind the wall during construction. Weep holes are required at the top of the foundation wall, below all window and door sills, at the top of all window, door and any other wall opening, at supporting points, at shelf angles, at copings, projecting trim, wall and roof intersections. the moral of this story is You can't reconstruct the wall and if the walls were designed incorrectly, it won't help much if at all..picture doesn't work BTW!
 
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Old 02-11-10, 04:05 PM
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I think his point is that since there is no flashing, the holes would be pointless. And probably would only benefit the wasps. LOL
 
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It ain't broke so don't fix it. I thought we covered this on the other board?
 
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Old 02-12-10, 12:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Smitty View Post
...the moral of this story is You can't reconstruct the wall and if the walls were designed incorrectly, it won't help much if at all..picture doesn't work BTW!
Thanks Smitty, XSleeper, TScarborough.

I guess that saves me some work.

We discussed adding expansion joints to the home previously but I don't think I ever got a clear answer on the weep holes, or if I did, I missed it. Sorry.

I don't know why my pictures don't render automatically in your browsers, but if you right mouse on the icon you should be able to select an option to see it.

Thanks again.
 
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