Foundation Stabilization and Repair/Crack in mortar of brick house


Hello Edwin,
I have a zig zag crack down the side of my home I am selling.  A potential buyer has asked to have a foundation inspection.  how much would this cost.  If there is no apparent damage inside, is it okay just to seal the crack?

Hey Jeff,
An estimate from a reputable foundation stabilization company should not cost anything. A diagonal stair step crack is almost always indicative of foundation settlement.  It means that the brick was put under enough tension to allow it to break.  Think of the crack as a rip or tear in the brick veneer. At any rate the crack is only an indicator of the bigger problem.  Filling the crack will not solve the problem.
Hope this helps.

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Edwin Moore


I can answer any questions concerning the causes and repair of foundation movement.


I have been in the foundation stabilization industry for over ten years. I have been involved with over 10,000 projects and have overseen the installation of over 1 million linear feet of steel piering.

I hold a degree in construction engineering, licensed in SC as a Building Inspector, Certified as a instructor for profesional engineers in SC. Certified by Basement Systems as a Crawl Space Specialist. Certified by DriveRite as a Foundation Stabilization Specialist

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