Brick walls remains a staple of home construction in the Kansas City area. It makes sense, as brick is a not only strong, but it also has numerous other benefits. Brick has stood the test of time, dating back to the ancient Egyptians. It is completely natural, made of clay and shale. Furthermore, it aids in moisture control, serves as a fire barrier, and protects against high winds. Quite simply, brick is a great all natural product perfect for home construction that also looks fabulous. So it’s not surprising that one continues to see new homes in the Kansas City area made with brick walls.
The brick walls of your home can tell you a lot about your home’s health, particularly about the health of its foundation. It’s a good idea to take a look around your home at the brick and mortar from time to time to see if it’s telling you something important.
First, look for any cracks in the mortar of the brick walls. Small cracks usually aren’t a problem, but if you notice larger cracks or cracks that span the height or length of a wall, it may mean that you have an underlying foundation problem in need of repair.
Second, look for separation of the brick walls from doors and windows. As a foundation settles, it often brings the walls with it. As the walls move, they separate from the windows and doors. This can lead to free air moving in and out, which can increase utility costs.
Third, look for leaning walls. If you notice that the walls are slanted or no longer straight, it could mean the foundation needs a repair.
If you’ve noticed any of the above problems with your brick walls and would like to speak with a professional or get a home inspection, contact KC Waterproofing today. We’d love to speak with you, assess the problem, and fix it as needed.