40 year old one storey brick building cracked from top,on back and side wall.Solution without pier support?
Question:The foundation is on slab, and the slab has no cracks. Only the back wall and the side wall is cracked from the top. This becomes one left portion of the building. Does this pose a threat to the structure. Some have suggested to lift the cracked side with installing piers under the foundation. Any other suggestions, since the slab is not cracked.
It could be that even though you notice no foundation shift or crack that it has for sure failed because of the indicated crack in the brittle brick wall. Stress has developed and a crack proceded.
I would have the structure examined by a qualified person who does specifically foundation repair. No doubt they will find a foundation failure.
The process is to jack up the foundation again and let the earth settle beneath the permanently placed jacks.
Then you will need to have each and every one of those brick removed along the crack and replaced with new bricks to repair the structure. This is usually done with a small air hammer and some chisel work.
You cannot sell property with foundation problems or brick line cracks it devalues the property and scares potential buyers off. So you have very little choice but to do a complete repair on this including fixing the brick as ive stated above.
The crack most probably poses no threat to collapse as brick is anchored to the wall studs with steel tie straps and long nails at about 5 foot intervals every 4th or 5th row.
I would use wall ties and anchor the wall back to the inner wall, assuming that it's also brick. I would also contact a building restoration contractor and they will be able to give you some advice on what you can do with your building. There are other options than what I have suggested, but a local restoration contractor will be of greater assistance to you since I am not able to see it.
if the foundation is not cracked then my guess is stress on the walls from the roof. flat or gable roof? if it is a gable roof , it may be spreading and taking the side walls with it...
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