Diagonal Crack

Saw this crack on a 30 year old row townhome. There is a storm door to the right and the main exterior door to the left. This is the only crack I was able to find.

Your thoughts?

Id consider it minor in nature, no signs of anything bad inside?

As Mike indicates, nothing alarming with that, probably occurred a month after it was built. :slight_smile:

Thanks guys - Yes, everything else looked normal besides that crack.

Here is another one. This is on a less than a year old house. The corner showing on the picture is of an attached garage. There were no other cracks on the foundation yet but I found this on the brick veneer. These do not look like settlement cracks to me.

Why just these two bricks and not the bottom course that meets the foundation?

Is the other side of the corner cracked?

You mean the front? No, there is no crack there.

The other side is drywall and there is no cracks there as well.

Since this home is so new, I would be suggest a structural engineer look at it, just in case. If the house was at least ten years old, I would probably just note the crack in the report. I have some local engineers that I send pictures too, if something is close to call. You could see what fellow member Randy mayo says about this crack, if you want an engineers opinion. You can contact him at rmayo@rlmengineers.com .

SUSPECT: Serpentine crack in between to wall openings.
Recommend seasonal observation.
If the crack widens or increases in length or width to have a mason point the area of concern. Repair cost, 200 to 350 dollars.
Probable cause; Wall openings to close to each other. Insufficient lintel spacing, size or placement.

The corner setup for the brick veneer is wrong.
Look at the inside first course turn on the foundation brick shelf. Not accually a shelf.
The crack on the second course is inline laterally with the lower inside turns butt joint.
The third course brink crack is in line with the butt joint above it.
Uneven starting bond and cobble.
All the bricks are cobbled on a course or by pattern.
Poor brick start reference or layout.
I laid out a dry run before I even started the masonry batches.
All the corner lines plumbed, story poles entered onto the walls corners and parapet. The horizontal run was calculated.
If cobbling was needed it was introduced on the first course or patterns are entered with the labor cutting brick.
Ether brick was changed of the foundation was off. JMO.

It might go up one more course over time but no issue.

As Robert is trying to explain, I too see that the Brick courses were corbeled out twice with the first two rows, for whatever reason.

I also see that the first row rolled over and out a little and might of caused stress on the stretcher brick above it.
There is a possibility that those minor cracks appreared shortly after the Break corner lead went up.
Corner brick leads are usually 32" up in a short time.
I would not loose any sleep over that. :slight_smile:

Thank you all for your feedback.

I am in total agreement with Robert and Marcel, James also has good advise. No biggie, no stress or tension noticeable.

I meant to attach an image also that I did not.



I found a couple other pictures of the house that I wanted to post here.

I took the first picture to show missing caulking on the garage door.

2nd image of the house is from the street and I zoomed in and cropped to show the corner here. The initial picture I posted was taken from the side not the front.

Front 1.JPG

I would suspect that they aren’t real bricks but those “lickem-n-stickems”. Probably unnoticed during punch out. None the less cover your ***, I would report as Undertimened cause and recommend a further evaluation from SE like everyone else said. Because ya just never know!

Foundation size issue. No big deal… Pour first course cobbling.
Thanks for the update mqureshi.