IN our state of Mississippi, we live in a hot, damp climate, so weep holes became building code in 2006. If you own a home that was built after 2006 and was built according to code, you have weep holes. These are slits in the brick mortar, every 5 or 6 feet around your home in the bottom brick, just above your slab. The purpose of these holes is to ventilate between the brick and the materials behind the brick veneer. This lessens the chance of mildew, moisture, etc. Do not do any landscaping that would cover these weep holes. That would render them ineffective. In fact, if you have a builder’s warranty, that would void it. Now, there are more potential problems, if you’re not careful. Suppose ants build a bed next to one of our weep holes. They will get in the house, so poison any beds that you see. Suppose you’re pressure washing your brick. Do not point the washer directly at the weep holes. Water will get in. Check your sprinkler heads, if you have an automatic system. Make sure that none of the heads are aimed directly at a weep hole. Weep holes are a great feature and it is code, here, anyway, but like any other feature. It needs to be maintained
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