How often should the mortar of a brick house be repointed?

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Question: How often should the mortar of a brick house be repointed?

Answer: The typical life span of mortar these days is 20 to 30 years, a pretty broad range. If you’re concerned, check your mortar by trying to scrape out some pieces with a sharp knife. If you can do it easily, it may be time to repoint, which can mean either refreshing or replacing the bad sections.