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Foundation Problems: Cracked Bricks

If you have a home or foundation that’s largely or entirely brick, you may have noticed cracks forming in those bricks. They may be very drastic or very small, across entire walls or in isolated corners, but brick cracks can be alarming no matter their seriousness.

These cracked bricks can be a genuine problem. However, that problem’s not often easy for people to understand, especially if you don’t have a professional’s view of home repair.

If you’re noticing cracks in brick wall structures in your home, it’s likely there’s something deeper happening with your foundation. Keep reading to learn more about how you can make sure your cracking bricks don’t become a much more significant problem..

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.

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Cracked Bricks FAQ

Most people understand that cracks in brick structures bode poorly for the home they’re showing up on. However, most people don’t really know the problems that can arise. What does a crack in brick walls mean for your home?

What Do Cracked Bricks Look Like?
In these pictures, you can see a variety of cracked brick structures in homes. That includes cracked bricks of all different types, showcasing different issues for homes. These cracked brick structures can give you an idea of what’s going on underneath.
What Type of Cracked Bricks Can I Have?

Not all brick cracking on house structures will be the same. A cracked brick wall can look very different depending not only on the home but also on what’s happening underneath to crack the bricks. Understanding these differences can be vital when it comes to understanding your next steps.

Overall, there are three different types of brick cracking you’ll discover in a brick home or foundation. Here’s what the different cracks in brick walls might mean for your home.

  • Horizontal Brick Cracks

If you’re starting to see bricks crack along a horizontal line, these cracks indicate foundation failure. A horizontal crack in bricks along any wall essentially indicates that the soil is pushing up against the foundation, forcing the walls in.

Why does this matter? Well, when the foundation is pushing inward, it’ll start creating a bowed wall. Leave that bow for too long and it’ll collapse. Plus, if the wall in question is a foundational wall, that collapse can lead to the collapse of the entire home.

  • Vertical Brick Cracks

If you’re seeing vertical cracks in brickwork, that probably means you’re having different types of foundation issues. Basically, this is a sign of uneven house settling — one side of the wall is holding more strain than the other side, so it cracks down the middle.

Vertical cracks in brick walls will usually come alongside other signs of uneven settling. That can include cracked drywall and sagging floors. Even if you haven’t noticed those problems yet, if you see a vertical crack in brick wall structures in or outside your home, it means the other problems may simply be hiding.

  • Stair-Stepping Brick Cracks

These cracks follow up the mortar like a set of stairs. Like vertical cracks in brick walls, these typically showcase uneven settling. The problem is essentially the same: one side of the wall has more strain than the other, but due to a combination of factors, it’s simply easier for the home to crack along a stair-stepping pattern.

If you’re seeing stair-stepping cracks in a brick house, it means you’re going to need to fix the unstable soil under your home’s foundation. You may also see drywall cracks, nail pops, and sagging floors, similar to vertical cracks in brickwork.

How Do I Get Rid of Bricks Cracking on My House?

Cracking bricks are unsightly, annoying, and indicative of a serious problem. It makes sense that once you see brick cracks, you’re going to want to get rid of them. However, that can be easier said than done. What can you do to make sure you avoid the problems associated with cracked brick on your home?

  • This Isn’t Just a Cosmetic Issue

The first thing to remember is that cracks in brick wall structures aren’t just cosmetic. True, they are cosmetic: most people don’t like seeing these cracks when they look at their home. However, the important thing is, that’s not the only issue.

Bricks cracking showcase a very severe issue. Whether that issue is the foundation pushing the walls inward or a house settling unevenly, you need to fix it.

That means you can’t just put plaster over the cracks and expect the problem to go away. A skilled professional from JES can help you understand how to fix the problem, rather than just putting a bandage over it.

  • Everything Requires a Skilled Hand

When you’re dealing with brick cracks, you need a professional. There is, unfortunately, no way around it. Only someone with a lot of skill and knowledge will be able to help you fix the cracking bricks you’re dealing with.

The foundation of your home is one of the most important parts. It’s what makes sure the entire home stands up on its own.

The professionals at JES know what they’re doing, and they know how to fix cracked bricks in a variety of structures. Whether this is the first time you’ve run into a home repair problem or you’ve had these problems many times before, JES can help you fix it for good.

  • Investing Now Can Help You Avoid Future Costs

It’s not fun to spend a lot of money on your home to repair it. However, these home repair costs are genuine investments. They’re not only investments into property, but also investments into you and your family’s future.

If you choose not to fix these problems now, you’re going to have bigger issues in the future. Wouldn’t you rather handle it now when the problem is foundational, as opposed to trying to fix it in the future when one of the walls has fallen down?

With JES, you don’t have to wait until then. You can get professional help that takes into account your specific situation, including anything that’s happening to your foundation. From a full renovation to a more simple fix, JES can help you create what’s right for you.

Can I Fix Cracked Bricks On My Own?

Home repairs are definitely expensive. To avoid those expenses, some individuals try to do the home repairs by themselves instead of hiring a professional. While this may be helpful for very small cosmetic issues, brick cracks aren’t one of them. These are just a few of the reasons you may not be able to fix cracking bricks on your own.

  • Legal Problems

As you look into home repair, you’ll soon find many legal requirements you’ll have to meet if you’re going to do any sort of serious changes to your home. These legal requirements make sure that the home you live in is stable and won’t just fall down.

However, this can raise problems for people who want to make those drastic changes without a professional. How do you know what changes you can make without a permit and when to apply for a permit?

That’s why it’s so vitally important to rely on professionals from JES for cracks in brick. Professionals know exactly what to do and what not to do and have a thorough understanding of the legal requirements they’ll need to meet for those things.

  • Deeper Than the Surface 

Cracks in brick stretch much deeper than the surface. If you try to fix these issues on your own, it’s likely that you’ll just plaster over the cracks and call it a day. The problem is, that doesn’t actually fix anything.

Remember, a crack in a brick house points to a very serious problem. These cracks show that your foundation has an issue. Whether that issue is sinking, rising, or something else may change depending on the home, but the cracks almost always point to foundational problems.

When you call a JES professional, you’ll get the full story. With years of experience and knowledge surrounding brick foundations and homes, a professional will be able to determine exactly what you need and help you achieve it.

  • Expenses Can Pile Up 

DIY fixes exist to help you save money. This can definitely be a money-saver in some situations; for example, copycat recipes can taste like just the real thing. However, what about when you’re dealing with the foundation of your home?

That’s when the lines start to blur a little. You may not even save money in trying to fix cracks in brick on your own. If you end up renting specialized equipment and buying special products, that expense can quickly become much more than you’d pay a professional.

Additionally, a JES professional will make sure the job is done right the first time. If you try to DIY a fix and mess it up even more, those professional expenses may end up being even more than they would have been. Trust the professionals from the start.

Is There Such a Thing As a “Small Problem” When It Comes to Cracked Bricks?

If you’ve just started to see brick cracks in your home, you may only think they’re a very small problem. After all, if you don’t have to spend money to fix a problem right now, why would you? In fact, it’s very important that you contact a professional as soon as you start to see these problems. That’s because your “small” brick cracking problem isn’t actually small at all.

  • Foundation Problems Are Always Big

All cracked brick problems essentially showcase foundation problems. You never want to underestimate foundation problems.

For example, horizontal cracks can be pointing you toward a serious foundation problem that, left untreated, can collapse your entire house. Treating it now can help you avoid a lot of problems, including things that could actually be dangerous to your family.

You shouldn’t underestimate a problem that could seriously impact your whole home. Instead, get in contact with JES as soon as you see bricks cracking so you can get to work on determining what’s going on.

  • These Problems Will Continue 

Sure, it’s a “small problem” right now. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that the problem will just go away if you ignore it, or that it’ll stay small the rest of the time you own the home. In fact, the opposite is almost certainly true.

When you choose to ignore a “small” house problem, you’re basically waiting until it gets bigger. When you’re dealing with something this vital, is it really a good idea to wait until the problem seriously impacts how you live?

Small problems can be much easier to fix than large problems. That’s exactly why you should trust JES to fix your “small” brick cracking problems, so you don’t have to rely on JES to fix the large foundational problems later.

  • Don’t Wait for Drastic Issues 

There’s no reason to wait until these brick cracks have become unmanageable. If you treat them today, it’ll be easier for you to handle any issues that you may be dealing with now and any you may run into in the future.

As with many other problems in life, these small problems portend a bigger problem in the future. Instead of waiting for that big problem, use your current knowledge to fix the small one now.

With JES, you can take advantage of foundation repair solutions that will fit your specific needs. You don’t have to just hope nothing bad will happen with your cracking bricks. JES will help you make sure nothing bad happens.

Should I Worry About Cracked Bricks?

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Cracked Bricks: Your Next Steps

If you’re starting to see cracked bricks, you’re probably dealing with some form of foundational issues. So how do you make sure those foundational issues don’t lead to a broken house?

At the end of the day, you need to put your trust in the experts. When you schedule a free inspection from JES, you’ll learn more about your home’s current situation. Plus, JES won’t leave you hanging; if it is just a cosmetic problem, JES will let you know.

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

Foundation Repair Solutions

Cracked Bricks Solutions

JES offers several foundation repair solutions for cracked bricks: JES Helical Piers, JES Push Piers and JES Slab Piers.

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.

Homeowner's Guide to Foundation Repair

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.

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