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After about 20 minutes you will want to score the top a little to make it look like the rest. Or maybe as an extreme, will my house fall down?

Cracks often appear at window and door openings as well. Less movement occurs along the line of the windows because there is less masonry. It’s my opinion that these are caused by long term ice dams. Otherwise they will just return as they did in this building.
Rotate here is a closer shot of a spot on the back of the house below the window sill. Sometimes cracking can occur around the corners of windows at the lintel; this can be caused by lack of bearing or bonding at the steel-masonry surface, or maybe an undersized lintel.

In aged lintels, rusting and mortar degradation can begin to cause expansive cracking.3. This is often caused by the rafters “pushing” on the wall or joists that may have been “resting” on the top of brick wall.4.

Cracking will propagate along the weaker areas, at bonds between mortar and brick, and at corners or shorter walls, which may generate a stair-stepping pattern.

There are multiple cracks in the veneer brick. It’s my opinion that these are caused by long term ice dams. The ice damming needs to be corrected before repairs to the brick are made. Can you open and close all windows and doors in that room easily?

Look at the white stippling on the brick to the right.
Otherwise, it’s probably not a big deal.
Is there a crack on the interior wall in the room behind this brick?

Are the window frames still even?

Easy to fix if there’s not already a termite problem. Thankfully, we caught them early and were able to treat them, but we still had to report this when we sold the house. Before we could close on the house, the lender noted that this had to be corrected. It was – not a big deal – and we closed as planned. Small hairline cracks are not usually the end of the world. Larger “staircase” cracks are not good.

cracks in brick veneer wall floor foundation windows room

Is the basement open or is it drywalled?

If it’s drywalled or otherwise covered then it’s more of a guessing game. Look for water damage inside where the cracks are outside.
In the picture of the crack you can see it goes through a few of the bricks. On the inside of the house we did not see any structure damage. No cracks in the drywall or ceiling. This house does not have a basement. A lot of houses here don’t have them since it is pretty expensive as the bedrock is not very deep.
I would definately get a professional to look at it. Drywall cracks are very easy to cover up. I wouldn’t be as worried about that since the veneer isn’t structural.
Even on a brick house, it’s actually 2×4 or 2×6 studs behind the bricks that’s holding the rest of the house up.

Its the ‘why’ behind the movement that can be concerning. They will look like 1″ holes that were patched. Is the crack the same width, or wider at the top or bottom? Are there any trees nearby (located a horizontal distance equal to, or less than 1.5x the current tree height)? Are there any retaining walls, slopes or drop offs nearby? How is the drainage around the house?

How long is the brick exterior wall of the house? Are there any brick joints in the wall? How long has the brick been cracked? My next door neighbor was not so lucky. They had a great 2 story with a flying staircase over a 2 story high ceiling living room. Years of effluent leakage was entering the surrounding clay soil, expanding the center of the house upward and literally splitting the house in two.

This, even with a post tension reinforced slab.
If you really like the house, have a structural engineer examine the house. How long is the brick exterior wall of the house?

Are there any brick joints in the wall?

How long has the brick been cracked?

The seller didn’t say how long it has been cracked and it was not listed on the disclosure form that it was cracked.
One thing to note is that we are in part of the country that has been really dry this summer and we do have expansive clay soil.

You put it as either they fix it to satisfaction or they take off xxx dollars.
The fact that it broke right through bricks means there is quite a lot of force in that direction. A word to describe someone who is bad at handling their emotions? How can you write when you’re upset?

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