Half Inch Crack at Corner

At the bottom of this window on the east side and the window at the rear of the home, there are very fine cracks. Then, at the top corner of both windows there is about a half inch crack along the mortar joint. I know that a rusted lintel could cause the brick to crack (which there is), or a weak window header, but also there is standing water around the perimeter of the foundation wall from the view of the crawlspace. The bottom of some of the peirs are standing in water. What do you think caused this and call a contractor or engineer in case its foundation movement. Not sure what to call out.
I am not trying to diagnose for the clients sake, but for my own in how to write this up. I see cracks at windows of brick hones all of the time, but not as big as this.

James, what did the interior walls look like opposite the 1/2" cracks at the tops of the windows?

It looks like the mortar was patched and fell out here:


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Only one previously repaired crack on the hallway ceiling that was very thin. No cracks elsewhere

For one, the masonry veneer running bond is inaccurate at that opening. No physical support, a lintel,
for the masonry veneer.
It can be, an arched masonry soldier coarse, steel angle iron or solid concrete or stone lintel
to bridge/span the opening.
The lintel requires spanning the running bond courses by 4" inches on each side of opening to lock in the masonry above from moving.

Windows are not sealed as well.

I about understood the last two sentences. Everything above it… Sorry

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Hope this helps.

Jump to Running Bond and 1/3 Running Bond - The running bond is the most used bond and is composed of stretchers offset by 1/2 brick per course. … A variation on the running bond is the 1/3 Running Bond , which is also composed of all stretchers, but the stretcher are offset by 1/3 or a brick

There IS a steel lintel there. So it is supported.

any crack (s) in the foundation below window?

James, could you tell if there was a lintel where the arrow is pointing?

And I don’t think that the small cracks below the window are much to be concerned about aside from sealing them to prevent water intrusion and further damage.

Also, it looks like they covered the window trim with aluminum for some reason. The gaps need to be sealed/caulked with a silicone caulk, or such to prevent water intrusion and further damage.

Larry… your arrow is pointed directly at the lintel. It is easily seen when zoomed in.

Below the window, but not below the top of the crawlspace vent

Thanks, JJ.

I have an eye appointment on the 14th. :grin:

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Yep. Right there. Thanks

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The crack that varies in width from the bottom to the top combined with standing water in the crawl space adds up to be a differential settlement issue. The water in the crawl space alone is a big red flag in my book of of top 10 issues with any home.


Yes. I see it now. Thanks.