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Old 04-24-2017, 10:08 AM   #1
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Crack in Front Brick Veneer


Hey everyone,

I have a crack in my veneer on the front of the house. Not looking to redo the entire veneer so just looking to fix it.

The only two options I see are removing and replacing all effected bricks one by one OR caulking the cracks with the same color mortar used. I think that might be the best options but wanted to see if anyone had any other (easy) ideas?

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Re: Crack in Front Brick Veneer


Seeing cracks like that makes me nervous. It looks like the right side is dropping. But, I'm no expert.

Let's see what the pros have to say though.

Any cracking above that?
Any pics from further out?
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Re: Crack in Front Brick Veneer


Hey Pugsy,

Thanks for the reply. This is the only cracking across the entire veneer. The ground is probably sinking a bit but the veneer is a stand alone section coming straight off the front of the house. There's no structure behind this part shown. I'm no pro but I don't think it's too big of a deal. There's no other issues in the basement or around this area etc.
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Does that downspout discharge in the general vicinity where the wall ends?
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The downspout used to drain right here when I bought the home but I extended it about 10 feet so it does not anymore. Probably why the crack is here. Poor soil compaction underneath the veneer. Just looking for a quick fix on this though. Was thinking caulk but not sure how that'll turn out.
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I have used clear silicone caulk to fill brick cracks in he past. I discovered,by accident, the clear seems to actually adopts the color of the brick. It would prevent water from entering the crack and would look better, and last longer, than a mortar patch
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Good suggestion. My only concern with going clear would be that it won't adopt the color fast enough. Wouldn't it just look like a crack still essentially?
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I noticed a crack in my brick in late fall. Didn't have the materials to fill with mortar before the cold weather set in, so I figured I would temporarily caulk to prevent moisture from getting in. After caulking I had to look hard to find the crack from more that ten foot away so I left it .

Your crack is larger and at ground level. No matter what you do, a patch may be obvious. Caulk a few inches of your crack and see what it looks like, and go from there.
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