House cracks require detective work

Is drainage or foundation problem to blame?

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Q: We have a small 1924 cottage that continues to shift and settle, resulting in cracks in the walls. There is a minor slope of no more than 5 percent, and probably less. There is a high water table where we live.

We have talked to both foundation and drainage contractors. The foundation guy says drainage won’t help but foundation work will solve all our problems. The drainage guy says a French drain and other work will solve all and no foundation work is needed.