Your brick walls are likely to deteriorate sooner or later since they protect you from harsh outdoor conditions. It is essential to determine the nature of the cracks and repair your wall as soon as possible because these cracks can cause a number of problems in your home.
What causes brick walls to crack?
Small cracks in brick walls are common and their direction can indicate the cause. An expert evaluation will tell you exactly what is causing your walls to crack.
The stiffness of brick makes it prone to cracks if the base of your home moves, whether as a result of soil subsidence or structural weakness. Frequent heavy rain or wind and poor brick joint maintenance can also damage your siding.
In contrast, flexible materials like vinyl and natural or engineered wood absorb movements, preventing structural problems.
Examples of cracked brick walls
Effects of cracks on your siding
A cracked brick wall often isn’t a major concern. Repairs depend on the state of the crack and its impact on the waterproofing of your home. Water can leak through the smallest cracks and cause severe damage, making it a potential threat to your home and its exterior siding.
Necessary measures need to be taken to avoid water infiltration. If trapped in cracks, water can cause bricks to burst by freezing over during colder months. It can also lead to high humidity, mold and mildew, making your home a breeding ground for bacteria.
How to fix a brick wall crack
To prevent water infiltration and any further deterioration, simply seal the crack in your wall. This can be done by injecting flexible polyurethane or epoxy. Using high pressure injection or low pressure injection is often more durable.
Before starting any brick wall repairs, have one of our specialists determine the nature of the crack and suggest appropriate repairs.
Any doubts? Contact an expert
Cracked brick walls are not always an indication of structural instability, so a careful examination is necessary to assess potential consequences.
To avoid potential risks associated to cracked walls or for an effective and complete repair, contact our team of specialists as soon as possible. We will inform you which repair option is best for your case.