Brick and masonry looks great and is durable, but when a problem occurs, it's important to have one of our professionals take a look at it. Call Affordable Foundation And Home Repair if you notice issues discussed below.
Vertical corner cracks occur when the soil has dried out and shrunk. Compaction occurs when your foundation settles, causing the bricks to compact upon one another from the weight of your building. If the foundation settles unevenly, the bricks or masonry can bulge or lean. This occurs if the ground becomes oversaturated on one side of the foundation. This uneven settling can also cause stair step cracks to appear in your masonry or bricks.
If you read that and thought the word settle was used a lot, you'd be right. Settling is the number one cause of brick and masonry problems. If the soil wasn't compacted correctly, or if there was a drastic change in the moisture of the soil (either too much or too little), the weight of your home will compress the ground and your foundation will sink. When this happens, you can get cracks and other damage to your bricks and masonry works.
A simple solution that you can do to help is to keep your gutters clear and your downspouts far away from your brick foundation.
If your masonry work is also functioning as your foundation, you can relieve some of the pressure on the bricks by shoring up the walls using underpinning, such as steel push piers. Any cracks should be filled to prevent water and pests from entering your home. Some brick and masonry problems may only be cosmetic, but it is better to err on the side of caution and have Affordable Foundation and Home Repair perform an inspection. Our experts will analyze the situation and present the best foundation repair solution for your home in Huntsville, Alabama or Tennessee.