Dear JES: My home has a cracked brick, can I just repoint it or do I need foundation repair?
-Katie, Virginia Beach
So, your home has a brick crack. It could be giving you a clue that there’s a foundation problem. Take a look at the pattern to find out the source of the problem and if you need foundation repair. Brick cracks show up in three patterns: horizontal, vertical and stair-step.
Horizontal brick cracks are almost always a sign that your foundation is in serious danger. Call in an expert! Horizontal brick cracks are caused by expansive soil – soil that expands when it’s wet and pushes against your foundation. If it’s left alone long enough, the wall could collapse. And who wants to deal with that?
Vertical brick cracks are also another sign of serious foundation problems. These types of cracks are caused by shifting soil or settlement. If you see any shearing call in an expert. Shearing is when the two sides of the crack don’t fit evenly together, like a pu…