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anthom
Do I need a structural engineer?

My wife and I bought an old house in rural Maine a few years back. It's on a fieldstone foundation with about 2 feet of brick on top.

Over the past year and a half, we've noticed some outward bowing of the brick, and disintegration of the mortar. In places, the mortar has disintegrated enough that you can take out one of the bricks by hand, and put it back in without a struggle.

We have had some drainage issues that I'm hoping are taken care of since getting a new leachfield and septic system installed last fall. The basement has always been wet, so I don't know if that whole fieldstone wall is shifting due to soil moisture, or if it's simply a matter of replacing the layer of brick.

I have no idea who to call about this. Is this something I should contact a structural engineer to assess, or just call around to masons and get the immediate issue resolved?

Re: Do I need a structural engineer?

As you never know the Experience of the Mason on these type problems I would go with the engineer. He will know why it happened and how to properly fix it so the problem does not happen somewhere else.

canuk
Re: Do I need a structural engineer?

Ditto on the engineer.

foresman
Re: Do I need a structural engineer?

Yes, where are you in Maine, I may be able to point you to someone I trust.

anthom
Re: Do I need a structural engineer?

I'm in Richmond, ME - about 30 minutes south of Augusta, 1 hour north of Portland.

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