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Brick wall crumbling/spalling in basement root cellar

Old 09-11-23, 04:25 PM
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Brick wall crumbling/spalling in basement root cellar

Hi Everyone,
I have a brick root cellar in my basement(1871) The bricks are spalling & crumbling & I would like to do whatever I can to stop it(I have read about sealers, but with the age condition of some bricks i was looking for any input). Thank you!
Old 09-12-23, 03:51 AM
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There appears to be end views of planks between rows of bricks in one photo. Can't see how long they are, but if the wall is load bearing, it is possible the planks are deteriorating and affecting bricks. I would address this structural issue first.
Old 09-12-23, 05:22 AM
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Those are poor quality bricks. Probably they were toward the outside of the kiln and didn't get fired as hot as the bricks that are in good shape.

Replacement is the only way to fix deteriorating bricks. I assume a cause is moisture coming through the walls. At the minimum I would make sure your gutters are in good working order and the downspouts have pipes carrying the water far away from the house.

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