As you have probably realized if you have owned your home for a while, there are many things that can damage your home over time. One of the more common culprits when it comes to damaging your home is water. While water might seem fairly harmless, water in the wrong place can do a lot of damage, especially over time.
This is definitely the case when it comes to outdoor masonry work.
Masonry work might look like it has been made to last forever, but the fact is that while you can’t see it with the bare eye, the damage might already be there. Microscopic cracks in the masonry work can fill with water and as temperature changes, the water will expand and contract causing the masonry work to deteriorate.
To prevent this, there are a couple of things you can do. The first, of course, is to keep the water from gathering around these features. You need to make sure that you have proper grading to funnel water away from them. You can also seal up the cracks by waterproofing the masonry. This will however need to be reapplied periodically.