1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

April 17, 2008

:108 Clear Weep Screed

Filed under: :108 Clear weep screed — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:05 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:108 EcoTip: The weep screed needs to be clear to allow drainage of any water that unavoidably enters. There are many ways the weep screed can become clogged. I have seen some houses where the stucco was never cleared after it was installed. Plants growing too close to the house may grow up into the holes. Even the careless application of caulking material can block the holes.

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 Additional Information

Suggested Review – :105, :106, :107

 To clear the holes you will need a mirror and a piece of coat hanger or other thin stiff wire and a stiff putty knife. If the original plaster is covering the holes, you can usually run a putty knife along the bottom edge which will knock off the plaster. Any holes that are blocked can then be cleared by carefully using the wire to remove the blockage. Don’t ream it around inside the wall cavity or you may damage the open cell foam insulation that is present.

Once the weep screed is clear, do your best to maintain it that way by following tips :105, :106, :107

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1 Comment »

  1. John,

    as a homeowner you might be stuck with this, but builders should know there are better weep screeds available; google ‘weep screed’ and you’ll find some options; i especially like the universal weep screed (www.flannerytrim.com)

    Marcel

    Comment by marcel — May 17, 2009 @ 8:30 am


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