Weeping is Good

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Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

Weep holeI've heard it said everyone needs a good cry once in a while. Well I don't think that's true personally, I do know that if your brick wall can't weep it could be a problem. Masonry walls need drainage or weep holes along the base or water can accumulate in between the brick and house sheathing. Collecting water inside the wall can lead to some very bad problems. The sort of problems that can make a homeowner weep.

While inspecting a large Connecticut brick home recently, I found or actually didn't find weep holes along the entire home. At the front of the home they were there, but once I got around to the side and back, nada.

No weepsIt could have been some ambitious mason's helper went and filled all those little holes without realizing what they were or the same guy could have forgotten to put them in. No will ever know, but making some holes now should not be much of a problem.

What could be a problem is if the walls in this house can't enjoy a good weep when the need occurs.

 

 

James Quarello
2010 SNEC-ASHI President
NRSB #8SS0022
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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James Quarello
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Former SNEC-ASHI President
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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Rainmaker
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Michael Ford
Coldwell Banker Heritage Homes - Marion, AR
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James most people to not understand the need or purpose of weep holes.  Good Blog!

Sep 10, 2010 01:54 PM #1
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Chris Canfield
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James - Interesting information!  I imagine that you have pulled up in front of a few homes that you are about to inspect lately and felt like YOU could weep! 

Sep 10, 2010 01:56 PM #2
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Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
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Jim, won't I look smart the next time I am walking around a brick exterior! I will be thinking of you.

Great post, thank you!

Sep 10, 2010 02:06 PM #3
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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James,

I had to sit next to Chuckie Bee for 8 hours today. I did some sobbing.

Sep 10, 2010 02:59 PM #4
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Wish I had a dollar for every time I get to a brick house and the homeowner has caulked up all the weep holes.  You see, that stupid brick layer left a bunch of holes in my wall!

Sep 10, 2010 11:32 PM #5
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Michael, Yes, and I would have to say that includes some contractors

Chris, lol. Some houses can be more challenging than other, but the up side is they provide plenty of blog fodder.

Andrea, You're so nice. But you're already smart :)

Steve, I completely understand, but you should try spending a week with that guy :)

Jay, Funny, I haven't seen a caulk job in a while. I had forgotten about that one.

Sep 11, 2010 12:48 AM #6
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Michael Delaware
North Sky Realty LLC - Battle Creek, MI
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Well, I learned something new about brick exteriors!  Thanks for the information!

Sep 11, 2010 03:07 AM #7
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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James,

I am not as long suffering as you. He is now snoring and keeping the rest of the class awake.

Sep 11, 2010 05:25 AM #8
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Carra & Shae Riley
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James.....Weep holes are often misunderstood - no pun intended!

Sep 11, 2010 07:10 AM #9
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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Michael, You're we;come.

Steve, Poke him in the ribs.

Carra, They sure are.

Sep 12, 2010 12:58 AM #10
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