Because they are your protection against the elements, your brick walls may sooner or later deteriorate. These alterations to your siding very often result in the appearance of cracks that can cause a number of problems to your home.
This is why it is essential to determine its nature and, depending on the case, how to repair a cracked wall as soon as possible.
The causes of cracks in your brick wall
It is not uncommon to find the presence of small cracks on the cladding of a brick or stone wall. Whether vertical, horizontal or stepped up, not all cracks have the same causes. An expert assessment will let you know what’s causing your coating to crack.
Materials, such as brick and stone, have the property of being rigid. They will therefore crack if the base of your building moves, whether as a result of a subsidence of the ground or a weakness in the frame of your home. Also, it is possible that rain and repeated strong winds damage your siding or that poor maintenance of the joints of your bricks causes cracks.
On the other hand, materials considered flexible (vinyl, natural or engineered wood) will absorb the movement and will not cause you structural problems.
Here are some pictures of cracked brick walls:
Consequences of cracks for your coating
In many cases, there is no need to worry too much when a cracked wall is discovered. However, the repair depends above all on the nature of your crack and its impact on the waterproofing of your home. It is important to be aware that water has the ability to infiltrate every nook and cranny and that it is it that is responsible for the greatest damage. Therefore, the presence of a crack represents a potential risk to your home and its exterior siding. Indeed, water infiltration can lodge in cracks and in case of negative temperature, turn into ice causing the bricks to burst.
In addition, they can also lead to high humidity, mold, as well as the development of bacteria within your home. Cause of significant inconvenience, it is imperative to quickly take the necessary measures to avoid water infiltration.
How to repair a cracked wall?
Simply seal the crack in your wall, to prevent any water infiltration, thus preventing any further deterioration on your building.
Before starting the repair of your cracked wall, you must determine the nature of your crack by one of our professionals. He will then offer you the corresponding repair.
The repair can be done by the injection of flexible polyurethane or by the injection of epoxy. Similarly, it is possible to repair the crack in your wall, and this, in a sustainable way thanks to a high pressure injection or a low pressure injection.
A hesitation? Consult experts
Cracked walls do not inevitably indicate structural instability. However, it may be advisable to examine it carefully to assess the potential consequences.
To avoid problems with your cracked brick walls and be sure to get a complete and fast repair, contact one of our experts as soon as possible. He will guide you to the repair option adapted to your situation.