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# Brick help?

#1
03-30-18, 03:25 PM
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Brick help?

Take a look at the pics of our recently constructed home. What's going on with the brick under the window and is it normal? This happens every time it rains. When it first rains all of the bricks look darker than normal but then they all dry out and look normal quickly except for the area under the window. Not sure why or if it is a problem that I need to bring up to the builder. This side does face North the area under this window is not getting any direct sunlight this time of year is that matters

Thanks

#2
03-30-18, 05:23 PM
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The brick ledge should be sloped at about a 15 degree angle so that water runs off. The window should also be caulked to the brick.

The way to achieve this would have been for the brick layer to shave the thickness of the brick under the ledge down so that the brick ledge would have more angle.

I suspect it is a combination of both. No caulk, no slope. The builder should correct this immediately. You could already have mold and or rot behind the brick since it cannot quickly dry out.

#3
03-30-18, 05:25 PM
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Close ups of the area would help. All we see is a brick home.

#4
03-30-18, 05:30 PM
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Assuming you don't own a speed square or framing square, Rest any square object against the window and down on the sill. (Cereal box, etc). Then take the close-up photo from the side so we can see how much slope it actually has. IMO anything less than 10 degrees is bad.

#5
03-31-18, 07:03 AM
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I downloaded an inclinometer on my phone. It's only measuring about 3.5 degree slope . Here are some close ups as well.

#6
03-31-18, 08:13 AM
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Yep, too flat and the entire window perimeter needs to be caulked.

#7
04-01-18, 11:44 AM
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Took some mode readings of interior wall and had 0.3% so thankfully not getting into house. So the fix is caulk around window and reinstall brick ledge at steeper angle?

#8
04-01-18, 04:13 PM
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Caulk yes, getting them replaced, probably not likely. Sealing the brick definitely!

Brick is really not a solid surface, they get wet when it rains but dry out, that ledge does look flat but I have some door openings that are similar but the overhangs protect!