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Brick and Masonry Problems

Signs of Brick & Masonry Damage

cracked foundationBrick and masonry problems, such as cracking and flaking, can be present in homes and buildings. Not only do they decrease your home’s curb appeal, they could be a warning sign of a much larger problem. That’s why it is important to look for the following warning signs:

  • Step cracks: Step cracks are caused by settling walls.
  • Vertical corner cracks: Vertical corner cracks are caused by soil shrinkage due to drought-like conditions around and beneath your foundation.
  • Bulging brick or masonry walls: This problem is caused by corrosion. Heavy rains drain down the sides of the wall.
  • Compacted bricks: Bricks compacted on top of each other are caused by settling or sinking foundations.
  • Efflorescence: Too much moisture in the masonry can cause efflorescence which is a white, staining salt deposit left by water. This is an indicator that there is too much moisture in the masonry which may lead to major problems.
  • Steel lintel deflection: Lintels are beams that are used in masonry walls. If they are deflecting too much, they can crack the stiff masonry.
  • Mortar deterioration: Excessive moisture can cause mortar deterioration. To prevent further damage, the flow of water needs to be directed away from the brick.

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Causes of Brick & Masonry Issues

The answer to most brick and masonry problems is foundation settlement which can be caused by the following:

  • Soil shrinkage: Soil shrinkage is caused by drought-like conditions. Because the soil is dry, it shrinks and pulls away from the foundation. This weakens the soil, making the soil unstable and weak.
  • Poorly compacted soil: Poorly compacted soil can cause the structure’s weight to compress down on the soil. This causes stress on brick and masonry.
  • Freeze and thaw cycles: Heaving can occur under bricks which can lead to cracking over time. Since cracks follow the path of least resistance, it would be the mortar material between the bricks.

Inspect your home for other signs of settlement such as misaligned windows and doors, sticking doors and windows, crumbling foundations and floor cracks. If you see any of these signs including brick and masonry issues, then give us a call today. The problem won’t go away on its own. Let the professionals handle all of your settlement issues in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

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Brick & Masonry Repair Solutions

Steel piers repair brick and masonry issues in Pittsburgh PAInspect your brick and masonry on a daily basis to look for noticeable changes such as cracking and flaking. Most brick and masonry problems can be prevented by maintaining proper drainage to avoid an accumulation of water around your home. Make sure you have the proper downspout extensions and gutters to guard your brick and masonry against water damage.

Hire our professionals to inspect your brick and masonry issues. If your brick and masonry problems are caused by settlement, then we recommend underpinning solutions such as steel piers. We use steel piers made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufacturer in underpinning. We install steel piers because they offer the following benefits:

  • Repairs and prevents future foundation problems
  • Load tested on the site
  • The load is immediately transferred
  • Restores your foundation and increases your home’s curb appeal
  • Supports and strengthens foundationsInstalled beneath foundations for commercial and residential projects
  • Uses portable equipment
  • Requires no future maintenance
  • Quick, easy installation process
  • Easy to readjust
  • Installed in limited access areas

Steel piers have been used as a foundation repair method for over the past 50 years. They are engineered and tested to increase the lifespan of your foundation. If you have brick or masonry issues, contact the experts at Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Service. We offer foundation repair solutions for homes in the Pittsburgh, PA area.