contractors faced with serious
foundation problems often bring in
house movers as subs.
Though major reconstruction jobs
are rare, smaller-scale problems are
Cracks over 1/2 inch wide or over 1/4 inch and
still moving, require structural attention.
Water flow under a foundation can lead to
erosion, and undermine a stone or unitmasonry
A heavy point load combined with an
undersized footing can lead to a distinctive
pattern of cracking.
Most of the foundation problems
I run across are caused by water.
Sometimes, houses are damaged
by water that sneaks in
unexpectedly — from a change in
the water table, or an
improvement to a yard or
neighboring property that shunts a
little stream toward the house.
But most of the time,