This is the story of the culprit - and the result.
Culprit - noun - the cause of a problem or defect. From the old French word culpable, meaning 'guilty.'
Walking up to the house there was a brick sidewalk in front and leading around the garage to a side door.
It was cracked in many places, from settlement.
There was an extra smoosh of mortar in the gap between the sidewalk and step.
And the sidewalk was inclining toward the house.
It had inclined since that smoosh of mortar, put there, ostensibly, to fill the gap from previous movement.
Why that extra mortar?
My guess - a wet basement!
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