What to do about crumbling foundation bricks in my detached garage?
April 7, 2011 3:46 PM Subscribe
My detached garage has some damaged foundation wall "bricks" - cinder block or masonry, not sure of right term. Detached garage photo
, and a Closeup of damaged masonry bricks/cinder blocks
. How bad is this and what kind of professional do I need to call about it? (Or can I fix it myself?)
posted by LobsterMitten to home & garden (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This is damage over a period of a few years. The garage may have been built as early as the 1920s, no idea how recent the exterior surface on the bricks is.
The garage is built into the side of a hill, and the downhill side has an exposed foundation made of these masonry blocks (?). The beige sort of stucco-ish finish/coating on the blocks is cracked and coming off, exposing the gray compressed cinders or cement or concrete within.
-What are these bricks called?
-What is causing the cracking - is it water damage? (No obvious water problem inside the building, but I haven't looked that hard, it's a primitive garage inside) What should I look for to figure it out?
-What kind of professional deals with things like this?
-Does it look like a straightforward fix, or an "oh no, serious money" fix?