IRC R 401.3
The foundation shall sit above finish grade by 8"
OBERVATION: The foundation appears to be below grade. The brick veneer are subjected to water during rain events.
During the evaporation, the mineral salts left behind are discoloration the brick veneer.
Over time the veneer will degrade at a faster rate. The effervescence will act like a sealer trapping in MC.
RECOMMEND: A professorial brick company clean and protect the 8 low courses of brick veneer or the veneer that comes into contact with the grade.
Brick veneer above grade.
How old is the build?
SUSPECT: This could be building bloom or masonry building bloom. A residue left behind the the building process.
IE: During the veneer courses being erected the masonry is furrowed in the brick course center. The mason strikes the furrow making a concave in the center to act as a suction and also allow the brick to be manipulated to level without much difficulty. He/she should be able to level a long course, 8 to 10 bricks with his 5 foot masons level.
The masonry oozes to the sides and is scraped off by the masons trowel at a 45% degree level and that scraping is applied to the brick butt as the course builds vertically in both direction… A little bit of masonry is left behind on the upper and lower lead faces.
POINTING OR TUCKING (IRONING) THE MASONRY COURSE.
When the masonry is thumb tight the mason finishes the masonry, in between the clay or concrete units, with a tuck pointing tool. The tools come with several finishes. The course is struck (IRONED) with the tool on the head and butt joints. This to leaves a bit of masonry on the brick.
Dependent upon how proficient the mason is aquatints to how much masonry is left on the brick face.
When I was a mason I washed the majority of newly constructed work I accomplished.
There is no need for brick bloom.
Prepare your hypothesis by asking, How old is the building? brick bloom can last 5 to 7 years.
The lower courses may to be builders bloom. The masonry is still in contact with the grade.
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