Over time, the brick structures in your home’s exterior can start to crack and even pull apart. Unfortunately, many homeowners accept these cracks as inevitable. However, cracks in brick walls can indicate serious issues with your home’s masonry, structure, or foundation and should not be ignored.

In this blog from The Construction Group in Minnesota, we’ll explore some common reasons brickwork can crack and how to prevent this damage. For professional masonry services, contact us today.

Types of Brickwork Cracks

Cracks in brick walls can develop over time or due to natural disasters like earthquakes. While a professional masonry contractor can repair most brickwork cracks, it’s important to address them promptly to prevent further damage.

Common types of brick cracks include:

  • Mortar Cracks: These zig-zag cracks follow the mortar lines around the bricks and can usually be repaired easily. However, it’s crucial to inspect for more serious structural issues.
  • Vertical cracks indicate soil settlement beneath your home, leading to foundation problems. Vertical cracks can cause sagging floors and drywall failure.
  • Horizontal Cracks: Horizontal cracks occur when the walls of your home shift inward and bow. These cracks can lead to bowed walls and potential structural failure if left untreated.

Preventing Brickwork Cracks

While not all brickwork cracks can be prevented, certain measures can help mitigate or avoid some common issues. Follow these steps to protect your brickwork:

  1. Maintain Your Foundation: Ensure your foundation is in good condition and promptly address any suspected issues.
  2. Mindful Construction Practices: Avoid using heavy machinery or conducting significant work too close to your brickwork, as vibrations from equipment can damage the bricks.
  3. Manage Moisture: Prevent water accumulation on brickwork by keeping rain gutters clear and in good condition. Avoid placing hoses or sprinklers near the brick, and address any leaks promptly.
  4. Control Tree Growth: Tree roots growing close to your home can damage the foundation and masonry. Remove any trees with roots that grow too close to your home.

Schedule Masonry Repairs

Fall is an ideal time to schedule masonry repairs before winter, which can exacerbate cracks. To schedule your masonry services, contact The Construction Group in Woodbury today at 651-731-5857 or online.

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