Some portions of my house have a brick veneer wall (that is, a brick wall that is not structural; cement blocks on the other side support the structure - please correct me if I am calling it the wrong thing).

There are no weep holes as far as I can see. I strongly suspect the former owner filled them up (as he did this sort of thing everywhere, like between the basement floor and foundation walls).

If I can locate where the old weep holes were, I can just open them back up I think. But if I cannot locate them, would it be totally stupid to drill some new weep holes in the mortar?

  • Can you see the bottom of the bricks?
    – SteveSh
    May 26, 2023 at 10:55
  • @SteveSh, yes, the brick wall ends where a paved sidewalk deal begins.
    – negacao
    May 26, 2023 at 11:00
  • Confirm that the brick ends above the sidewalk. Quite often a sidewalk is put in after bricks, so it is possible to be above the bottom bricks.
    – crip659
    May 26, 2023 at 11:08
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    You don't need weep holes for any walls that surround interior spaces (those should have a perimeter drain at the foundation). Only time you really need weep holes is for a (tall) retaining wall.
    – Huesmann
    May 26, 2023 at 12:55
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    @Huesmann, that's completely at odds with what I know about brick walls. Have a look at the office buildings you pass in the future. They'll often have weep holes (sometimes with string protruding).
    – isherwood
    May 26, 2023 at 16:02


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