Where to locate weep holes in brick veneer homes

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In brick veneer homes, a weep hole serves as an outlet to let any water, such as rainwater, through from behind the veneer. Is is typically a space between the wall's bricks where the mortar joint is omitted. These weep holes provide moisture control. If the weep hole is not properly located, or absent, there is no proper outlet for any water that accumulates behind the brick veneer. You might find water running down your basement walls. It is important for a home builder to know where to locate weep holes.

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Any moisture than penetrates a brick veneer travels down. This means that the home's base is the place where the water accumulates. Builders must place weep holes wherever they locate flashing, according to the Masonry Advisory Council. Flashing is a piece of metal that can be fastened to a home's wall and it covers a row of bricks to prevent water from entering the home's structure. The weep holes should be located directly in line with the flashing.


Attention should be paid to how the weep holes are spaced too. There should not be more than two feet of space between the weep holes, according to the Masonry Advisory Council, and they should cover the entire wall.

Types of Weepholes

There is more than one way to create a weephole. The builders could leave head joints open. They could use oil rods that are removable, and install plastic or metal vents instead of mortar in the head joint. Another method is the use of cotton sash cords. While any number of methods might do the job, what is important is that the weep holes are placed in the right location. Sometimes bricklayers clog up the weep holes with mortar while doing their work. This is something to watch for.

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