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Cracked Bricks

Cracked bricks on the outside of your home are more an aesthetic issue; they’re a red flag pointing to deeper structural problems. 

We at Innovative Basement Authority know the worry and tension that come with these types of structural issues all too well. That’s why we’re dedicated to providing prompt, tailored, and effective solutions for foundation repair for homeowners throughout the region. 

If you’re grappling with the issue of cracked bricks, look no further than Innovative Basement Authority for a whole-home solution. 

What are Cracked Bricks 

Rather than mere surface-level flaws, cracked bricks often appear as zigzagging lines in the mortar, ranging from barely noticeable to visibly gaping or missing. 

These cracks are not just cosmetic issues; they signify that your home may be experiencing foundational troubles. 

What Causes Brick Cracks? 

Cracks in exterior brick walls often stem from stress on your home’s foundation. When the foundation either shifts or settles, it places a strain on these brick walls, resulting in visible cracking. 

A handful of main causes are typically responsible for such cracks in your brick walls:  

  • Movement – Shifting or sinking ground underneath your foundation can disrupt structural balance, putting stress on the bricks. Soil conditions, like clay expansion, often contribute to this issue. 
  • Roots – Tree roots growing below your home can add pressure, displacing bricks and mortar as they widen the soil and focus on fragile spots. 
  • Moisture – Changes in soil moisture can cause the ground to contract or expand, affecting the stability of your foundation and, by extension, the bricks. 

Can You Fix Cracked Bricks? 

Yes, cracked bricks can be repaired! However, the solution involves more than a simple mortar fix—it requires tackling the underlying causes. 

Short-term fixes like store-bought crack fillers might be tempting but are not durable solutions. As the root issue is the foundation itself, merely sealing the cracks won’t secure a lasting fix. 

Do-it-yourself attempts might worsen the situation, making professional consultation from Innovative Basement Authority crucial for effective remedies. 

How to Fix Cracked Bricks 

Innovative Basement Authority offers specialized solutions for your unique home circumstances. 

If foundation settling is the culprit, options like helical or push piers can be used. Piers are driven deep into stable soil or bedrock beneath your foundation to stabilize your home. 

Other techniques for cracks due to increased hydrostatic pressure include: 

  • Wall Anchors – This method involves connecting an earth anchor buried in the ground to an interior wall plate, allowing our technicians to adjust and restore your walls over time. 
  • Steal I-Beams – Specialized wall supports may be installed if your property has limited exterior space for wall anchors. These steel I-beams are not just positioned against the wall but are also anchored to the floor and a joist. 

Why Address Brick Cracks Now? 

Ignoring cracks and putting off repairs can have escalating consequences. 

Here’s why prompt action is beneficial: 

  • Financial – Early repair prevents increasing repair expenses and possible structural damage. 
  • Water Damage Prevention – Cracks offer a path for moisture, causing issues like mold growth and wood rot. 
  • Home Value – Fixing structural problems can significantly improve your home’s market worth. 

Contact Innovative Basement Authority for Cracked Brick Repairs 

If you notice cracked bricks on your home’s exterior, get in touch with Innovative Basement Authority as soon as possible. 

We provide free inspections to diagnose the underlying issues and offer immediate repair quotes. 

Our trained technicians are ready to offer enduring solutions to secure your foundation and stabilize your brick walls. 

Schedule your consultation today! 

Cracked Bricks FAQs

Yes, tree roots can exert pressure on the foundation and lead to cracks. It’s advisable to plant trees at a safe distance from your home.  

This depends on your insurance policy and the cause of the damage. Some policies cover foundation repair for specific causes like natural disasters, while others may not cover it at all.  

The cost can vary greatly depending on the extent of the damage, the repair method, and how long the damage has lasted. A foundation inspector will offer a written estimate at the time of inspection. 

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