Exterior brick work crack

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  1. geeza

    geeza Well-Known Member

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    Looking at purchasing an approx 60 year old fibro home. Several external cracks in the exterior. Nil significant movement cracks indoor. There is a slope on the block which falls towards back fence so water pooling under house is evident. Brick piers sighted and seem generally sound.

    Would a crack this significant scare you from purchasing? Obviously P&B inspection required but after some advice before deciding to proceed or not.

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  2. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    It probably wouldn't scare me but it would scare others. Depends if it's a development site or long term hold.
     
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    geeza Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the reply. More a long term hold. I don’t think I’d look at developing this one due to the demographics of the area but that could change.

    I’ve seen a lot of smaller cracks before but this one does look a bit extreme.
     
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    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    It will need some remediation so getting a report, costing the repair etc all adds to your negotiation.
     
  5. Joynz

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    It entirely depends on whether it’s an old crack that is now stable, one that opens up seasonally or an issue that’s still active and getting worse.

    I had a similar crack in my brickwork, however over several years it did not move.

    I had the cracked brick replaced, filled the cracked mortar and it’s now been OK for several years.

    Get a report from a structural engineer who specialises in houses.
     
  6. tl_6100

    tl_6100 Well-Known Member

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    My place had some old cracks on internal walls that would move seasonally as there was really nothing left holding the wall together. I was able to repair them with Helifix products which worked really well. Just an option if you already own the place.
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