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Looking at buying a home and was told basement windows and

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Looking at buying a home and was told basement windows and door do not have any Lentil support of brick.... is this something that should be a real concern for the structure... what is code and is it an expensive fix?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Phil replied 1 year ago.

Hello, the narrower the window, the less risk there is.... the older the building, and still with no cracks radiating from the corners or middle of the window opening, the less risk there is.

If you see cracks radiating from the corners of the window opening, or worse, from the middle of the window opening, its high risk.

Fitting a lentil stone is a fairly expensive project, over $1,000 and a risk in itself.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The home was built in 1970 and so what your saying is if there are no apparent cracks anywhere around the door or 2 windows-- the home seems like the structure should be just fine.
The home has been taken care of and has proper drainage etc. You would recommend leaving it as is rather than trying to mend something that is not a current problem and potentially creating a bigger problem?
Expert:  Martin replied 1 year ago.

I think you ment lintel instead of lentil. The problem may come when you have to change the door or the windows. the new one may not be as sturdy. in the 70s, metal reinforcement was common already over doors and windows but is not often apparent if well done. It should not impact in anyway the structure but it can affect a little arc over the window or door area. I would say it is fine as it is but count that in surplus to add the next time you change the windows.

Expert:  Phil replied 1 year ago.

Thats good advice from Martin.