Brick cracks are more than a cosmetic problem; they could be an indication that your home’s foundation needs repair. Learn how you can save yourself time and money by requesting a professional foundation evaluation and receive a Free Homeowner’s Guide to Foundation Repair.
Exterior Cracked Bricks in Virginia, Maryland, DC
Identifying & Repairing Foundation Issues Related To Cracks in Brick
Do Your Cracked Bricks Follow a Pattern?
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We’re here to help you determine if the cracked bricks are a sign that your home needs foundation repair. Schedule your free foundation evaluation with one of our structural repair experts. You’ll also receive a free Homeowner’s Guide to Foundation Repair.
What Do My Brick Crack Patterns Mean?
Your home’s cracked bricks are giving you a clue that’s pointing to the source of your foundation problem. Does the crack begin in a corner and lead towards a window or door? Are the cracks wider at the top then the bottom? Is the foundation crack wider at the bottom of the crack? Did the crack just appear and is it vertical? Is the crack located over a door or window?
Horizontal Brick Cracks
Always indicate foundation failure! The soil under your home is pushing against your foundation and forcing the walls in, which is never good. If left alone, the horizontal cracks will grow into a bowed wall and eventually a collapsed wall. And if your foundation wall collapses, it’ll take the rest of your home with it. Yikes!
Vertical Brick Cracks
These cracks are almost always a sign of foundation trouble. Vertical cracks tell you that the soil your home sits on is shifting, which is causing house settling. The soil changes force your home’s foundation to shift, resulting in vertical cracks and other problems like cracked drywall or sagging floors.
Stair-Step Brick Cracks
These cracks tell you that your house is settling unevenly. The unstable soil under your home’s foundation, which is causing the settling, can cause other problems like drywall cracks or nail pops.
Should I Worry About Cracked Bricks?
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Can I Fix the Cracked Bricks in My Foundation?
Don’t assume that cracked bricks in your home can be easily repaired with crack filler or repointing – this is only a cosmetic fix and doesn’t repair the foundation cracks.
More often than not, cracked bricks mean you have a serious foundation problem. The cracks usually get worse over time, creating more problems in your home and becoming more expensive to repair.
What Do I Do Now?
Don’t be fooled into thinking that a cracked brick is just a cracked brick – it’s a major foundation problem. Save yourself time, money and stress by making an appointment with one of our certified foundation repair experts to come out and take a look at your home’s foundation.
After your free inspection, our foundation repair consultant will explain the source of your cracked brick problem and recommend the best solutions for your home. And if we find that your cracked bricks are only cosmetic and don’t require foundation repair, we’ll tell you.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that a cracked brick is just a cracked brick – it’s a major foundation problem.
I was having a settlement issue and it was starting to cause problems like cracks in the brick. I went to work one day, and when I came home, JES had installed 3 push piers and lifted the house back to where it was supposed to be! The settlement cracks in the brick closed back up and I finally have a peace of mind. I am certain that if I would have allowed the settlement continue, the cost to repair would have easily doubled or tripled in the next year or two. They did great work and were very clean in doing so.
~ Ray H., Amelia Court House, VA
Cracked Bricks Solutions
Each product offers a long-term solution to your home’s foundation problems. We’ll work with you to create a customized, economical foundation repair solution to your home’s cracked brick and foundation issues.
Get Your Free Homeowner’s Guide to Foundation Repair
Have you ever wondered about your bowed basement walls and what causes them? Or if that drywall crack is a sign that you have a bigger problem? Our Homeowner’s Guide to Foundation Repair is your resource for learning about foundation problems, causes and solutions. Request your free foundation repair inspection and receive your own copy of the e-book, as our thanks for putting your trust in JES.