I'm considering purchasing a home built in 1969 in a region with clay soil, where foundation settling is quite common. Looking at the exterior brick veneer, I noticed numerous cracks on 3 sides of the structure, horizontal across the full length of walls and and "stair-step" patterns in multiple places.

The slab foundation was stabilized (not repaired) two months ago with pressed pilings, and the interior has been painted so I don't see any evidence of issues inside. My question: at what point, if any, should exterior brick veneer cracking be considered a deal-breaker?

enter image description here enter image description here

enter image description here

enter image description here enter image description here

Horizontal crack running length of wall

  • Is this report relevant diy.stackexchange.com/q/171140/97780 – Solar Mike Aug 13 '19 at 4:26
  • 1
    Now we have another guess why they only stabilized the slab, from the previous question I said if stable they may not want to jack the slab because of plumbing issues, the brick would probably fail with a change of 1-1/2 , especially since some of it has been repointed. What would be a deal breaker? That will be different for everyone, today I would say unless it is a great location and buy I would not want the risk but in my 20’s I did purchase several houses fixed them up and resold them. We would need to read the engineering report if stable it could be fine. If not don’t take a chance. – Ed Beal Aug 13 '19 at 14:08
  • @SolarMike indeed it is. – user2647513 Aug 13 '19 at 15:16
  • A deal breaker for me would be the bricks cracking in half. Mortar cracks easier than bricks and can be repaired, cracked bricks need to be replaced. – JACK Aug 13 '19 at 16:14

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.