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abauer
Crumbling brick foundation on 3 story victorian
abauer

What are suggestions on fixing an old brick foundation on a 3 story victorian?? The bricks are over a hundred years old and are falling apart. :eek:

havanagranite
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havanagranite

I personally would recomend that you contact a professional in your area, someone who can physically come out and look at your situation. obviouslly when you are talking foundations it can be a serious matter. I would hate for someone to give you adivce on a matter that would prove unsafe. it is hard diagnose some things over the internet.

Chris
Re: Crumbling brick foundation on 3 story victorian
Chris

I agree a professional should be consulted.

I am looking into general information about this type of degradation of the brick. I live in Chicago and I would estimate that 80% of the single family homes on the northside of chicago where build 100 years ago. As I look at homes to buy, I am noticing that almost all of them have a red brick foundation. The bricks have been absorbing moisture for over a hundred years and I'm woundering if all these homes need extensive foundation repairs such as jacking the house up and replacing the bricks with sinder block? (cost?)

ChiNicole
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ChiNicole

Hi, I am looking at buying a house on the northside of CHicago with this same problem. A 2-story victorian built in late 1890s. The inspector said there is excessive spalling in the bricks (they are soft and will crumble if you scratch with your finternail) but said this was not a major problem. It seems from my reading that it actually might be a major problem. What should I do? I am supposed to close in less than a week.

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