Over time, the brick structures in your home’s exterior can begin to crack and even pull apart. And far too often, homeowners simply accept cracks in their brickwork as a fact of life.
But just because cracks in brick walls are common doesn’t mean they’re something you should live with. These cracks can indicate serious problems with the masonry, structure, or even foundation of your home.
In this post from The Construction Group in Minnesota, we’ll explore some of the reasons your brickwork can crack and how to prevent this type of damage. To schedule your masonry services, give us a call today.
Types of Brickwork Cracks
Most cracks in brick walls or brickwork will either occur over time or with the help of a natural disaster such as an earthquake. Fortunately, most brickwork cracks can be fixed with the help of a professional masonry contractor. However, it’s important to address these cracks as soon as possible since cracks can grow and spread the longer they’re ignored.
These are the most common types of brick cracks:
● Mortar cracks: These cracks take on a zig-zag shape around the shape of the bricks and can be easily repaired. However, the brick should always be examined for more serious structural problems.
● Vertical cracks: Vertical cracks are an indicator that the soil underneath your home is settling and causing foundation problems. Vertical cracks can lead to sagging floors and drywall failure.
● Horizontal cracks: When this occurs, the walls of your home shift inward and bow, creating horizontal cracking. When left to grow, these cracks will precede a bowed wall that may eventually fail.
Prevented Brickwork Cracks
Although not all brickwork cracks can be prevented, there are a few types of brick cracks that can be avoided or mitigated. Follow these steps to protect your brickwork:
1. Protect Your Foundation
Make sure your foundation is in good condition and conduct foundation repairs as soon as you suspect a problem.
2. Dig Cautiously
If you plan to use any heavy machinery or conduct significant work around your brickwork, avoid working too close to your wall or masonry as the equipment’s vibrations can damage the bricks.
3. Protect the Brickwork
Allowing excess water to accumulate on the brickwork will invariably lead to damage over time. Keep your rain gutters cleared and in good condition. Avoid leaving hoses and sprinklers near the brick. Finally, be sure to clear up any leaks that could affect the brick right away.
4. Remove Trees
Tree roots growing close to your home can also damage the foundation and masonry. If any roots grow too close to your home, you’ll need to have the tree removed as soon as possible.
Fall is a perfect time to schedule masonry repairs ahead of the winter, which can cause cracks to grow. To schedule yours, contact The Construction Group in Woodbury today at 651-731-5857 or contact us online.