Cracked stucco, which often shows up as stair-step cracking that follows the mortar joints of the underlying brick or block wall, is a common sign of foundation movement. The weakest point of a masonry wall is typically the mortar joints between the bricks or blocks. So, when a brick or block wall is subjected to excessive stress — such as the foundation beneath it sinking, or soils pressing against it — it will tend to fail at these joints. And as these joints fail, the overlying stucco material will crack along with them.
The first thing to do when you see a crack in a stucco wall is to call a foundation repair specialist who can determine the cause of the crack. This is because it is important to remember that foundation problems don’t get better with time, and they’ll never be less expensive to fix than they are today.
Diagnosing and Fixing the Problem
NSquare offers a variety of solutions to permanently repair cracked, sinking foundations and failing stucco walls, including:
- Push Piers
- Helical Piers
- Pin Piles
Our project consultants are trained to expertly diagnose foundation problems. They use highly specialized equipment that allows them to develop a solution tailored to your home’s unique needs. By the time the inspection is over, you’ll know exactly what caused the problem, exactly what it will take to fix it permanently and exactly how much it will cost to do so.
Once a solution has been customized for your home, we pick a date for the job. At that time, a highly trained crew of technicians will install the solution, leaving your home fixed and protected for future generations — restoring its value, improving your family’s quality of life and giving you lasting peace of mind.