Wall braces holding up a leaning wall as the foundation appears to be leaning inward
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A brick foundation where cracks are forming large gaps between the window structure
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A residential ceiling where drywall was cracked but there is now patching material covering the crack
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stair step being created in a brick foundation from the outside of a residential home
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A brick foundation that appears to have a stair step crack down the foundation structure
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The front of a foundation home where two perpendicular tuck-point foundations are meeting but are uneven and one half is cracking and giving away.
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a foundation that has a helical pier installed below the foundation in order to fix the stair step crack
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A brick chimney on the side of a residential home
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Many contractors will try to earn your business by suggesting a cheap solution that they know will not permanently solve your problem. Solutions that hide your issues, such as painting over drywall cracks or tuckpointing cracks in brick are short-term solutions only. If the cause of the problem is not addressed, the cracks will soon reappear, and more covering up and patching will be needed.
Additionally, attempts to seal drywall or mortar cracks are easy to identify, due to variances in the finish or workmanship. When tuckpointing brick veneer, it’s especially difficult to match original mortar colors. And if you decide to properly repair your foundation later, these “patches” may need to be removed before the repair can properly restore your walls.
So in the end, you’re not hiding anything! Plus, you have to disclose the problem anyways if you ever plan to sell the house.