Our stick built home with brick veneer was built in 1983. We purchased
it in 1994. At the time of purchase, we had it inspected and no major
problems were identified.
However, about three years ago I noticed the caulk lines around the
windows and doors on the back and one side of my house beginning to
crack. The space between the steel header and top of the window frames
began to widen. On the rear of the house the siding has pulled away to
such an extent the back edge of the brick is now visible "in front" of
the brick molding. (In other words the brick has pulled out so much
that the brick molding no longer conceals the space between the
framing and the back side of the brick. As mentioned, the window
frames have dropped. On a few windows I have a 1" space between the
top of the window frame and the underside of the steel header. If I
shine a light into this space... it appears the space between the wood
framing of the house and the back of the brick veener is about 1 1/4
inches. I'm afraid all the siding on the backside of my house is all
going to come crashing down in one gigantic failure.
Obviously I'm sure I'm not the first brick veneer home owner to be
faced with such a problem. However, I have no idea what the fix is.
I've inspected the foundation inside and out and don't see any cracks,
so I'm not sure if its a foundation failure or an inadequate brick
In searching the Internet for an answer I read on some "Home
Inspectors" site that inspectors should "examine brick veneer for
evidence of pulling away and to verify that the brick veneer has an
Unfortunately I found nothing that told me if I'm screwed, if my house
is going to fall down, or if the problem can be solved/repaired? Is it
possbile to "move" the siding back in place and re-attach it? Can
anyone with experience shed some light on this. Identify my options...
Point me in the right direction...