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I recently purchased a 98 year old house in Denver. The foundation and all exterior load bearing walls are two layers of brick ,with a third layer/veneer of brick on the outside. The brick foundation in the basement has been coated at some point, (i'm not sure if it is original) with a 3/4" layer of concrete/stucco. The stucco coating and mortar joints are crumbling as well as some of the bricks. The main level floor is humped in a couple of places and I assume the walls have cracked at one time or another but I don't believe recently as the "not so new" paint isn't showing any cracks. IU have an engineers report recommending the bad brick and mortar joints be replaced and a new layer of stucco put on. The engineer believes that the deteriorating brick is due to water infiltration (poor drainage in the yard, which I can easily fix). I'm worried that the stucco is actually helping to keep the moisture in the foundation wall. Any help or thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.
Edited 6/11/2003 12:19:49 AM ET by mauck