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Old 11-05-2013, 01:55 PM   #1
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Crumbling plaster: water damage?


Hey y'all, I got a church building here that's about 80 years old. Exterior's brick; the paint and plaster have been peeling and crumbling away on the inside. It's gotten pretty bad, and we need to know how to deal with it at this point.

I don't know hardly anything about brick buildings; I have been told we need to re-seal the exterior brick before dealing with the plaster problem. I attached a few pictures - does this look like it's primarily a moisture issue? I'm afraid if we just patch things up inside, that moisture would lead to the same problem in a short time.

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why yes it sure looks like moisture damage to me

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OK, very good then, thanks. Is re-sealing the exterior the way to go, or is there another step? Do we need to treat the existing plaster somehow before patching it?
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Yes it's moisture and should be addressed ASAP. Until then it will only get worse.
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Afraid it's a little late to treat the existing plaster. Fix the moisture intrusion problem. Then scrape out what's already compromised and redo it. If it's soft, it has to go.
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