How to Waterproof Bricks

Brick is used on exterior surfaces of homes and structures as well as for constructing patios and walkways.

Waterproof brick to prevent water from being absorbed by the porous material.Waterproof brick to prevent water from being absorbed by the porous material.
Available in a wide variety of textures and colors, brick is a popular and versatile building material. A step often overlooked by many homeowners is sealing brick to make it waterproof. Brick is a highly porous material that will easily absorb moisture and water. Cracks and deterioration can occur when bricks absorb water.

Sweep the brick with a broom to remove as much dirt, dust and debris as possible.

Spray the brick with water from a garden hose to rinse away the loosened dirt and debris.

Mix a soapy solution of detergent and water in a bucket. Dip the broom in the solution and scrub the brick to clean deep into rough brick features and remove any stubborn deposits of dirt or stains.

Rinse the detergent from the brick and allow the brick to completely dry before beginning the waterproofing process.

Pour the masonry waterproofing into a paint roller tray if applying with a roller or into a paint bucket if using a brush.

Begin in one corner or along an edge and begin applying the masonry waterproof in a smooth, even manner. Completely cover the brick leaving no gaps that are unprotected, as this will provide an entry point for water and moisture. Allow the waterproofing to dry for at least four to five hours before using, as in the case of a brick walk.

Things You Will Need

  • Broom
  • Hose
  • Dish detergent
  • Bucket
  • Roller or brush
  • Masonry waterproofing

About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.