Cost to repair brick support column

kats_meowJanuary 19, 2010

We are considering buying a 30 year old house with a detached garage. The two car garage is brick.

The inspector indicated that the brick column between the two sides of the garage has given way and is providing no support (the brick at places looks sunken in). He says that if you push on the column it moves.

He indicated that 2x4s need to be put in to provide support. I am trying to get a feel for how much it will cost to do this repair including the brick work. The column is about 1' wide

We are in Texas.

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sierraeast

"The inspector indicated that the brick column between the two sides of the garage has given way and is providing no support (the brick at places looks sunken in). He says that if you push on the column it moves".

What is this column supporting and could you give a better explanation of it's location?

Out here, anything involving structural needs to be addressed by a licensed contractor and can involve a structural engineer. In any event, your best bet is to get real world estimates from a contractor in your area, either a masontry or reputable builder. Get more than one estimate and opinion of the project seeking out only those that are experienced and have a good reputation. Indicating that 2x4's need to be put in to provide support might or might not be the "fix". You need to get another opinion depending on the severity of the project.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2010 at 11:38AM
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randy427

Sounds like a relatively small job. I'd have the sellers repair it as a condition of sale. Otherwise, you might have problems getting insurance, or a mortgage, on a building that is structurally compromised.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2010 at 11:38AM
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kats_meow

There is not going to be a mortgage so not concerned about that. Note this is a detached garage and not the residence itself.

The column is supporting the garage. This is a 2 car detached garage. It is the column between the 2 bays of the garage. The brick is on the outside, I'm sure the column itself is wood behind the brick.

We just have limited time here so was trying to get a feel for whether anyone had seen anything like this.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2010 at 1:41PM
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ron6519

It sounds like a brick veneer structure. If that's the case, the bricks won't be supporting too much if there's a lentel above it. The brick ties that held the unit upright have probably failed. What does the wood behind the brick look like from the garage interior? If it's solid, the job should be a few hours work for a mason. Get local estimates and be sure of the cost.
Ron

    Bookmark   January 22, 2010 at 4:44PM
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