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Are Cracks In My Brick a Serious Problem? Southwest Marietta, GA
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“Are cracks in my brick a serious problem?” This is a question that many Atlanta area homeowners ask themselves when they notice cracks starting to appear in their brickwork. The answer to this question is not always straightforward, as there are many different types of cracks that can occur in brickwork, and each type of crack can indicate a different level of severity.

Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs in Marietta are the acknowledged masters at brick and foundation repair across Northern Georgia and have been since 1930. Our experts discuss cracks in brickwork and when to be concerned.

Hairline Cracks in Brick

Firstly, it is important to understand that not all cracks in brickwork are a serious problem. In fact, it is quite common for small hairline cracks to appear in brickwork over time, and these cracks do not necessarily indicate any structural issues with the building. These types of cracks can be caused by:

  • Natural structure settlement
  • Temperature changes
  • Slight movements in the ground beneath the building

A masonry repair specialist from Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repair can examine your exterior brickwork and determine the probable cause and if any action is required.

Serious Cracks in Brick

There are some types of cracks that can indicate more serious issues with the building’s structure. For example, horizontal cracks that appear in the middle of a wall can be a sign of foundational issues, which may require professional intervention to fix. Similarly, cracks that appear around doors and windows can indicate that the building is settling unevenly, which can also require professional attention.

What are some signs that your home’s or business’ brickwork has more serious cracks?

  1. Efflorescence – this white, powdery deposit forms on bricks when water containing dissolved salts evaporates, leaving the salts behind. Structural damage that allows moisture infiltration can accelerate efflorescence formation.
  2. Spalling – this flaking or chipping of brick is caused by moisture trapped within bricks that freezes and expands. Structural issues that lead to moisture infiltration can exacerbate spalling.
  3. Mold and Mildew Growth – any mold or mildew growth inside can result from moisture infiltration through cracked bricks. This poses a health risk to both humans and pets.
  4. Deterioration of Mortar Joints – Shifting or settling brickwork can cause mortar joints to crack and deteriorate, allowing moisture inside. This settling can be caused by structural problems.

How can you tell if the cracks in your brickwork are a serious problem or not? The best course of action is to have a professional inspect your building to determine the cause and severity of the cracks. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs can identify any underlying issues that may be causing the cracks and provide recommendations for how to address those issues.

Atlanta Brick and Foundation Repairs

Answering the question “Are cracks in my brick a serious problem?” is not always straightforward. While some cracks may be harmless and simply a natural part of the building’s aging process, others can indicate more serious issues with the building’s structure. If you suspect cracks in your brick indicate a serious problem, contact Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repair for an inspection.

Posted on behalf of John Anglin, Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs

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Anglin's Foundation & Masonry Repairs

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Based on 55 reviews

Tammy S.

From start to finish, everyone at Anglin's was amazing! Gus was responsive, always answered his phone, knowledgeable, professional, honest and fair. He went above and beyond to make a stressful situation less stressful. Scheduling was a breeze and the crew that arrived on the job (on time, I might add) were courteous, respectful and efficient. They allowed me to watch and take pictures, and explained the process step-by-step, as well as what results were to be expected. Iggy was so knowledgeable, professional and amazing. He was able to pin point a problem that 2 other competing companies couldn't explain or relay in layman's terms what needed to be done and why. He was an absolute superstar in easing the mind of the buyers purchasing the house. His 27 years experience was so valuable. Shelly was quick to send paid invoices and warranty information. Everyone did an amazing job and I would recommend them highly.

Penelope Greensmith

I cannot say enough good things about GUS at Anglin’s Foundation and Masonry! GUS, was fast and gave a free estimate on raising, reattaching and fixing my brick stairs. I will be sure to post before and after photos! Thank you GUS for your no nonsense, straight forward approach! Thank you for listening to me! The Greensmith’s

Regina Renee Kalasz

Today was a install of a 2nd beam for our house... first one was easy, 2nd one gave them a run for their money. But they stuck it out and got it done! Awesome work! I'd throw a + behind my 5 stars if I could. Sorry I held your crew up, but they were determined to get it done with no issues. So shout out to your team Chris, Leo and Dan!

Scott Lapin

The team that lifted our chimney was prompt, courteous and efficient. Other then the repair, you simply could not tell they were even there despite the fact they had to remove part of our deck to do the work. I would HIGHLY recommend them.

Melissa Reed

Diagnosis and estimate from a picture, arrived as scheduled, done in just a couple hours and results were absolutely amazing. Price, workmanship, clean up - everything was absolutely 5 star!! Highly recommend these folks!!! I must add, 2 other well known and much advertised companies came out and estimated 6x the work and price, claiming we had more issues than what was actually going on. These guys call it like it is - honesty and integrity are hard to find in construction.

Dana Brennan

This crew is top notch. Worked with the office and mainly with Gus on site who was great. Showed up early, super knowledgeable, tons of experience. We really felt served in the way he recommended only what needed to be done and at a great price. Had another company wanting to add in other extras and unnecessary work. HIGHLY recommend Anglin!!

Aaron Gray

Quick to call back and totally honest. I wasn't sure if I had a foundation issue or a flooring issue but after a few questions, Nathan helped to figure out that it thankfully wasn't a foundation issue. Insteand of trying to sell me a job, Nathan helped me to make a good decision. I hope I never have foundation issues but if I do, this is the company I'm hiring.

Jake Herman

Another masonry contractor referred us to Anglin because we had a concern about the structural integrity of our chimneys. We were told that they were the best people to talk to. I called them and they actually came by to assess my house within two hours. Although I was fully prepared to spend a lot of money to stabilize my chimneys, he did a full assessment and very honestly told me that my chimneys were fine and just needed some caulking where the mortar met the brick. I greatly respect his expertise and honesty and would recommend him without reservation.

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