Question about crack in my new homes brick


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Old 10-08-09, 05:19 PM
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Question about crack in my new homes brick

Hey there.

I just bought a 2 year old all brick home.
The inspector noticed a small step crack that is on the side of the home. It starts at my jacuzzi window and goes to the ground. (the only window on this wall)
It is very thin and has not changed in the last month.
Do I have anything to worry about or is this common in brick homes?

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Old 10-09-09, 08:42 AM
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I wouldn't say it's common. How do you know that it stops at the ground & doesn't continue to the footing?
 
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Old 10-09-09, 10:03 AM
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Im not sure exactly where it ends.
It just starts at the edge of that window and does a step down the brick...very thin crack.
The inspector said the foundation looks fine, and didnt seem to concerned, only saying watch it for changes.

Can a crack like this be just a new house settling.

What should I use to fill in the cracks?

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Old 10-09-09, 11:27 AM
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You can try expandable cement. There are also exterior products that come in a caulking tube. If it's just a hairline crack, there probably isn't enough room for either of those products.
 
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Old 10-14-09, 12:13 PM
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cracks

As small as the crack sounds I wouldnt worry about it for a while. the footing is probably settling in that corner... even if you presently cant see a crack in the concrete. Without grinding out the joints, your not gonna get enough mortar in there to do any good. if you caulk it, itll just make it harder for the person to fix it for real when the time comes. I would get a sealer/water proofer and brush into the joint to prevent moisture getting into the crack, and keep your fingers crossed that you dont have a major foundation problem. (most likely not)
PERSONALLY, I'd check with the contractor for a warranty. as new as your house is there should be one.
the wall IS on a footing, and not angle iron....right? remodeled homes, or "afterthought" masonry sometimes gets the <iron treatment. If the brick is layed on a "brick ledge" its probably settling.
 
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Old 10-30-09, 08:22 PM
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I was under the impression that this is to be expected. My home is now four years old and in the first couple of years it developed some cracks but they have since not moved at all. One is 1/8" thick inside under the garage and another on the other wall also under the garage is 1/16" vertical up an entire wall, but it also isn't moving. I also had some on the outside of the house.

I've heard an adage that concrete cracks and that's just how it is.
 
 

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