Common Masonry Issues
Bulging Bricks or Masonry Walls
Steel Lintel Deflection
Efflorescence: Efflorescence is a crystalline, salty deposit that occurs on the surface of bricks, concrete and other masonry products. It is a off white, and sometimes even brilliant white in color.
In order for efflorescence to occur, there must be water present to dissolve and transport salts to the brick surface by moisture and capillary action.
Step cracks can be found especially in areas where there is a lot of thawing and freezing, they are caused by settling walls. Step cracks are pretty common, however they should be addressed when found.
Vertical Corner Cracks: Vertical corner cracks are caused by soil shrinkage due to drought like conditions around and beneath you foundation.
Mortar Deterioration: Excessive moisture can cause mortar deterioration. To prevent damage the flow of water needs to be directed away from the brick.