When it comes to diagnosing different problems there are a lot of things that can present themselves as major issues, when they really aren’t. Twisting your ankle, while uncomfortable, doesn’t mean you have a broken leg. If your car won’t start, you may just need a new battery, not a new engine. When it comes to your home, brick damage doesn’t necessarily mean foundation damage. But how can you be sure?
While some brick and mortar damage can be an indicator of foundation problems, they can often be as simple as a brick defect, failure or something completely unrelated to the health of your foundation. Below are some details about brick damage that is not affecting or affected by your foundation, and details about brick damage that can be warning signs about your home’s foundation.
Brick damage caused by foundation problems:
- Diagonal or “stair-stepped” cracks
- Bowing, bulging or recessed bricks
- Cracks in bricks/mortar near the foundation, found with other damage to concrete
Common brick damage unrelated to your foundation:
- Broken brick corners
- Discolored bricks
- Superficial lines in the mortar
If you are concerned about the condition of the bricks on your home look for other common signs of foundation damage: Cracks in the concrete foundation, doors and windows that won’t stay open or closed, slanting floors, etc. Cosmetic brick issues are not a reason to contact a foundation repair company, or be concerned about foundation damage. However, if you notice other symptoms of foundation distress and/or your bricks exhibit signs from foundation damage, WCK can inspect and offer a solution to restore your home’s safety and value. For over 30 years WCK Foundation repair has been helping homeowners in our community. For more information, click here.