A modern brick home will have two walls. The outer one is the visible wall and the one that is exposed to the elements. There will then be a gap before the inner wall is built. The inner and outer walls are connected to give strength and stability. The gap between them is designed to create an insulative barrier of air. In other words, warm air can’t get past the cold air in the wall, helping to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
But, you do need to do a little maintenance to keep the warmth within your interior wall. There are several things you can do:
Your exterior brick wall is exposed o all the elements. This means that the wind and rain will erode the surface of the brick and the cement between bricks. When this happens, moisture can get through the wall, potentially giving problems with wood rot and mold in your home.
To prevent this, you need to remove the old cement and add some fresh. It will make your house look fantastic and keep the interior wall warmer. Unfortunately, this is a tedious and time-consuming process. You may prefer to get a professional brick repointing firm to do the work for you.
If the interior brick wall is exposed, then you are going to want to take a close look at it. The first thing you should be looking for is any signs of decay in the cement. This will suggest repointing is necessary, although it is unlikely with an interior wall.
You should also be looking for any signs of damage. Holes, no matter how small, in your interior wall will allow cold air in. It makes it difficult for the insulation between walls to work, and your interior wall will feel cool, even when you want it to feel warm.
You can repair any damage with filler. Once you are happy that the wall is complete, it’s a good idea to add some brick sealant to the inside. This can be painted on and retains the natural color of the wall.
Alternatively, it can be colored, allowing you to change the feel and look of the space. Don’t forget that darker colors automatically make space feel smaller and warmer.
Check Moisture Levels
Just as moisture can get through an external wall and cause issues, excess moisture in your home can also cause problems with your interior wall. Check the moisture levels, make sure you don’t have any leaks, and ensure plenty of ventilation. This will reduce moisture and its ability to damage your interior brick wall.
The great news is that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to maintain the warmth of your interior walls. It simply requires you to be observant and react promptly when you do spot an issue. Keeping your wall warm will help to reduce your energy bills at home; that is a great incentive!