Jump to content

serious step cracking in brick mortar?

Recommended Posts

Cracks don't cause foundation problems; foundation problems cause cracks.

Where's it at, how old's the building, what's going on inside that's visible, is there a driveway or alley adjacent, etc., etc.

A close up of a crack doesn't tell us anything. Give us an establishing shot and some background details.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

the house was built in early 1940's, theres no driveway or alley adjacent, its located at the bottom side wall of the house and starts at five inches from the corner of the house. I'm not aware of anything visible inside the home.

The cracking is either a result of brick expansion (though such normally produces a near-vertical crack), or from foundation movement below. Either way, patch the crack if it bothers you, and go have an adult beverage if you're so inclined.

I suspect it's from foundation movement, though, and such movement usually continues as soil moisture content changes. That said, the rate of movement is usually akin to icing sliding off a cake; takes years & years.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yes. No seismic activity here (not yet anyway). Someone goofed 100 years ago and it's like the foundation shifted. I see it from time to time. I wouldn't get too worked up about it.

Or, you could call Pate & Sons and have them pin support the foundation for about $50,000.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hello everyone wondering if these are some serious mortar cracks that can cause foundation issues and huge money problems or just need minor repair.its on the outside of the house. any kinda help would be much appreciated Thank you so much

Click to Enlarge

62.39 KB

It always helps to know when the cracks occurred. If they are relatively new, this could be a concern since it looks like the foundation may be settling. If the cracks have been there 10 years, then I am not too concerned. If you do not know, then neatly patch the cracks with mortar and see what happens over time.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Create New...