Cracked Bricks: What to do When You Notice Them
As a homeowner, any crack and gap in your home’s walls or foundation can be concerning. When you notice cracked bricks, either in your foundation or on the exterior of your home, there are a few things you need to do.
What to do When You Notice Cracked Bricks
Check for Water or Signs of Moisture
Cracked bricks or cracks in mortar can be a sign of foundation settlement. While foundation settling is common, it doesn’t mean it isn’t serious. As soon as you notice cracking in your foundation or in the exterior of your home, check for seeping water or signs of moisture in your foundation and basement.
Water travels to the lowest point possible, so there will often be signs of moisture around the cracks and on the floor. Signs of water will look like stains or discoloration, white, or rust-colored spots, darkening or lightening of bricks depending on if the brick is wet or dry.
Check for Pests
If this has been a problem for some time, you’ll want to check for the worst type of uninvited house-guests: pests. Small pests can crawl through the tiniest of cracks and crevices. Moisture attracts insects like roaches and termites, which can actually cause structural damage to your home.
Don’t Try to DIY
Any cracks in your foundation or exterior walls should be inspected by a professional. Fixing foundation cracks is not a project you should attempt to do yourself. More often than not, your foundation needs support because the soil beneath your foundation is unstable. Patching cracks in drywall, or in your foundation will only allow for the problem to worsen over time.
Contact Airlift Concrete Experts
At Airlift Concrete Experts, we treat your home as if it were our own. Our company is dedicated to honesty, integrity, and quality in all of our work. If you notice cracked bricks in your foundation or on the exterior of your home, give us a call. We’ll find the problem and come up with a long-term solution.