Dallas, Fort Worth homeowners with brick cracks often discover they are clear signs of house foundation damage. Fact is, there are many things that can cause cracks in the brick exteriors of houses. For this reason, it’s wise to have your concrete slab foundation evaluated by a pro. Fissures that are 1/8” wide can eventually become 1”, 2” or wider. If your home does show signs of deterioration, take steps to have it repaired. Issues of this kind will only be more expensive to deal with later.
About Repairs, House Foundation Damage And Brick Cracks:
A lot of houses in the Dallas, Fort Worth metroplex have fractures. This does not necessarily mean that that a foundation needs to be fixed. Small brick cracks are common and do not indicate foundation problems. That’s because brick is naturally prone to expanding.
If only a few bricks are affected by fractures, don’t worry about it. Deterioration and structural foundation damage is probably not a concern. Of course, large brick cracks in the exterior of your house (or in your concrete slab foundation) can indicate that you need house foundation repair. If the cracks in your brick are wider at the top than they are at the bottom, that’s not a good sign. You may need cracked foundation repair. That’s because these types of crevices often indicate that your house is experiencing foundation movement.
Stair-step cracks generally mean that your house foundation is settling and sinking into the ground. Vertical fractures such as these are often visible in the grout between bricks. Cracks of this sort are very common in the DFW metroplex. These breaks may be 4-5″ long or more than 2-3′ high. That’s because of the nature of the clay soils in this area. The dirt in the local vicinity expands and contracts due to weather. Over time the earth around your foundation moves. This causes cracking to occur in the exterior of brick houses. As a result of the motion, the interiors of homes are also affected. The concrete slab foundation supporting the weight of a home can be seriously impacted, too.
If you see lots of crevices on the outside of your structure, you’re probably also noticing wall cracks inside your house. Foundation damage can appear in many forms. You may become aware that your countertops are no longer level. Or, you may see that doors and windows aren’t opening or closing the way they should. It’s a good idea to learn about the causes of foundation damage. It also pays to monitor any gaps you see in your brick.
If you think your house has experienced deterioration, contact us. We’re a qualified foundation repair company that services the entire DFW metroplex. HD Foundations provides free repair estimates.