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Weep Holes - Those Holes in the Bottom of the Brick

I learned about weep holes from a client last year and needed to research it then to learn more! Great  to see an article about this topic featured in Active Rain. Not many homes have them in this area but Amerispec did a great job explaining it and so does the article!

Weep Holes

Gina was out showing homes this morning. When she returned she told me about a house where the owner had filled the holes in the bottom of the brick. While this might seem like a good idea...it's not for a number of reasons.

Most building codes require builders to leave weep holes along the bottom row of bricks. These holes allow any water that might get behind the brick to drain. If the water gets trapped behind the brick, mold can form and the water may damage the supporting structure behind the brick.

When the home is sold, these plugged weep holes will be caught by the inspector and most buyers will want them opened up again.

The homeowner in the right-hand picture above has used expanding foam to seal the weep holes. This will be almost impossible to correct later depending upon the amount of foam injected into the weep holes.

Photo Copyright 2012 Imaged2Sell

Originally posted at http://www.thebranchteam.com/wordpress/2012/01/22/weep-holes-those-holes-in-the-bottom-of-the-brick/

 

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Comment balloon 2 commentsCheryl Ritchie • January 23 2012 11:39AM

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OMG I did not know this and always wondered if the brick layer made a mistake.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) over 7 years ago

Chery;  I wish I had a dollar for every time I've explained this to a purcgaser

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 7 years ago

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