Advice on mending mortar cracks 6.6.14 mending mortarMore questions right here at homeshowradio.com, and Aaron has one about crumbling mortar. He bought his house about 10 months ago and he’s having problems. Aaron writes, I placed several warranty claims for cracks in the mortar between stones around a stone arch that’s trimmed with brick in my new house. The builder filled the cracks with more mortar once and the cracks are back and getting bigger. Tom, Aaron wants to know, is this something he should maybe hire somebody to inspect, or is this a problem? Should he expect this, what? You should never expect cracks in the mortar, that’s for sure. And if it’s moving around, which it probably is, we got to find out why. It could be just the design of what they’ve done. If it’s an arched opening, because if they’re not done right they’re going to move around and they will fail every time. So do you do? This sounds like good news, what do you do? Well, with the regular square opening you put a lentil in there, which is a piece of angle iron. So it’s not going to move too much. With an arched opening it has to support itself and I would have someone come out look at it and see if they can fix it. It might probably, in this case, need more brick ties to the house, so it’ll stiffen it up some more and the movement won’t be as noticeable. It’s a 10-month-old house. I know. The builder, no? They go somewhere else? Oh I think the builder should fix it, but I don’t think it’s that big a deal to fix. But the builder has to say, yes I’ll fix it. Or, he’s on his own. Yeah, well. Didn’t you tell me that houses are sold as is? No. They’re not? No, you usually get a one year warranty. So if it’s 10 months you’re still in good shape. So I started documenting it. But sometimes builders just don’t do anything. And what do you do? Hire lawyers? What does that get you? Another day older and deeper in debt. A lawyer fee? (LAUGHS) You have a question? Tom can answer it, maybe even give you a good answer. Click on the ask Tom button, and send it our way. We’ll answer it in one of these videos, or Sunday morning. Tom’s here every Saturday and Sunday, answering your questions live on Sports Radio 610. Related PostsDo my bricks have to come off to fix mortar?Should I drill into the brick or mortar?What’s the right way to mix repair mortar?Cement wall building adviceDoes garage floor crack mean foundation problems?