The purchase of a building, be it a house or an office space, is a huge investment. To make good on one’s investment, one always hires an expert to evaluate the foundation. The foundations of a building are like its feet; if not planted firmly in the ground, there is a chance that it might fall. It is important to check the foundation of a building on a regular basis so that any cracks or water leakages can be caught early on and dealt with accordingly.
When dealing with brick structures, one thinks of them as being sturdy and almost invincible. This, however, is not true. Bricks, like all other materials, are subject to erosion and wear and tear. In order to keep one’s brick house or building in a good shape it is essential that its foundation be checked on a regular basis, especially if it is an old brick foundation. The worst mistake people make is ignoring the crumbling brick foundation of a house, thinking that bricks are a strong material.
Signs of Foundation Damage
Foundation damage can occur without one taking notice of it until it is too late. This stands especially true for old brick foundations. Foundation damage can occur due to many reasons and can take many shapes; the most common of these is a crumbling of the exterior, cracks in foundation and chipping or flaking away.
How Does Foundation Damage Occur?
Foundation Damage can occur, both due to internal and external factors. External factors are most certainly out of one’s control. These include excessive rain leading to accumulation of water, dry weather making materials more brittle, earthquakes- which can literally shake the foundation of a building- and most importantly weather conditions, where sometimes the freezing and unfreezing of the soil upon which the foundation is built causes the bricks to move.
Avoiding Damage to an Old Brick Foundation
As a rule, one should arrange regular inspections for foundation damage by a professional. Sometimes a little flaking and crumbling are nothing more than mere external faults, but at other times it can accrue more damage and the foundation may require some serious patchwork. Regular checks can help one monitor non-alarming sings of damage and repair foundation damage, which has the potential of snowballing into something bigger.
Experts have determined that some of the earlier signs of foundation damage include crumbling and flaking and with these other signs which may not be as noticeable, such as wall and foundation cracks, leaning walls, sinking foundation and even the sticking of doors and windows may soon follow or may already be present.
If crumbling brick foundations are left unchecked, they can cause serious financial damage and may even cause physical harm to inhabitants, if the foundation weakens too much. Foundations are expensive to fix so it is best to have them checked regularly.