What are Weep Holes?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Real Estate Partners, LLC B 21410

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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Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
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You can always learn something new here on Active Rain.  Thanks for this post regarding the purpose of  "weep holes".  I can understand the importance and function of this code.  One can only hope that other regions , especially those affected by the recent weather events that this county have been experiencing have such features inplace.  

May 30, 2019 11:34 AM #1
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

We have weep holes in our mortar, although in different spots (not the bottom layer of bricks alone). I never knew what they were, and told my husband that we should probably fill them in - we were missing mortar. "No!" says he, "we need those!" Bottom line, we have them here in the hot & humid northeast as well. Good overview of something many may not know about.

May 31, 2019 03:05 AM #2
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