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What to do about cracked bricks?

A crack on a brick house, beneath a window

Introduction

Living in Michigan we experience all of the seasons and over time it really does start working on the bricks of our homes. If you are starting to notice some cracks then I am sure you are asking yourself “is there a brick worker near me?” This is where you are in luck because we are able to take care of all your brick repairs. We have put together some information that will help you identify what is happening and what type of repair you might need.

A large crack in a brick wall

There are a few different methods you can use to fix cracked bricks or blocks:

  1. Mortar repair

    One of the most common methods for repairing cracked bricks or
    blocks is to use mortar to fill in the cracks. To do this, you will need to mix up a batch of
    mortar and use a trowel to fill in the cracks. Be sure to smooth the mortar out evenly
    and allow it to dry completely before using the area.

  2. Epoxy repair

    Another option for repairing cracked bricks or blocks is to use epoxy.
    This is a strong adhesive that can be used to bond the cracked pieces together. To use
    epoxy, you will need to clean the area thoroughly and then apply the epoxy according
    to the manufacturer’s instructions

  3. Replacement

    In some cases, the cracks may be too severe or widespread to repair
    using mortar or epoxy. In these cases, it may be necessary to replace the damaged
    bricks or blocks. This can be a more involved process, as it may require removing the
    surrounding bricks or blocks to access the damaged ones.

No matter which method you choose, it is important to take the necessary safety precautions when working with bricks or blocks. Be sure to reach out today because we are able to help with your brick-mortar repair and cracked bricks. Do you have an older home and are concerned about matching your existing bricks? Have no fear, we are able to match around 95% of all the brick styles and colors.

What is the role of Masonry Contractors?

Masonry contractors are professionals who specialize in the construction, repair, and maintenance of structures made of brick, stone, tile, and other masonry materials. They may work on residential or commercial buildings, and their duties may include building foundations, walls, chimneys, fireplaces, patios, walkways, and other masonry structures. Masonry contractors may also repair or restore existing masonry structures. They may also be responsible for estimating costs, creating project timelines, and working with other contractors and builders to complete the project.

Can I break a brick wall by removing three bricks?

Removing three bricks from a brick wall could potentially weaken the structural integrity of the wall, depending on the location of the bricks and the condition of the wall. Furthermore, if the bricks are located near the top of the wall, or if the wall is already damaged or in poor condition, removing even a few bricks could cause the wall to collapse. However, if the bricks are located in an area of the wall that is not load-bearing and the wall is in good condition, it may be possible to remove the bricks without causing significant damage to the wall. It’s important to consult with a professional masonry contractor or structural engineer before attempting to remove any bricks from a wall, as they can assess the safety and structural integrity of the wall and advise on the best course of action.

What causes the base of a brick wall to collapse?

The base of a brick wall can collapse due to a variety of factors, including poor soil conditions, improper footings or foundations, insufficient drainage, poor construction or workmanship, water damage, and freeze-thaw cycles. It can also be caused by the weight of the wall exceeding the capacity of the base.