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Thread: Does your brick home have weep holes?

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    Does your brick home have weep holes?

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    This is an issue that keeps coming up as we search for our future home. So, homeowners, does your brick house have weep holes?
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    Yes, to my undesrtanding it is needed to allow water and moisture through so as to not 'flood' the home, or cause water/moisture to leak into the home.... brick doesn't breathe or have pores like wood does.... (to my understanding).

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    We have a brick home in Oklahoma and it does not have weep holes.
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    We've run in to the second house that seems like a good fit for us but it doesn't have weep holes. Some people say it's a big deal, others say no. Some say it could be a big deal eventually but there's no way to know We called the insurance company and the coverage for that sort of thing is next to nothing.

    Just trying to get a feel for other peoples' experience.
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    We have them...they said it was so rain and moisture doesn't get trapped behind the brick. Other than that, I've got no advice.
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    Tis is some information about weep holes so you can make an informed decision, the second one is from a building inspector.

    What are weep holes and do I need them? | Masonry Solutions

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    We don't have them, the second link Kaaau provided kind of applies to us I think, my boss' house doesn't have them either and it was built in the same year as ours, they must have just not given a shit in 1995. I have read that even when people have them they are often clogged with mortar anyway and don't do what they are supposed to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaaau View Post
    Tis is some information about weep holes so you can make an informed decision, the second one is from a building inspector.

    What are weep holes and do I need them? | Masonry Solutions

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    Thank you for the links, I'm trying to read everything I can get my hands on. Unfortunately for us, a lot of what we're finding is contradicting information.

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    We don't have them, the second link Kaaau provided kind of applies to us I think, my boss' house doesn't have them either and it was built in the same year as ours, they must have just not given a shit in 1995. I have read that even when people have them they are often clogged with mortar anyway and don't do what they are supposed to do.
    Yea, both of the houses we wanted to buy were built around then. And I've read the same about houses with weep holes, that they may be ineffective anyway for a lot of different reasons. I've seen lots of reports about weep holes being useless if they are put in later because the flashing behind the brick has to be there for them to work the right way. If that's the case, the brick needs to be stripped from the house, flashing installed, brick redone with weep holes built in. Crazy expensive.

    I've also had masons tell me it doesn't matter either way.

    Don't know what to think at this point.
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    I have never heard of this before, but according to DH we have them.
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