Masonry work is something that can add a lot of character to your home, but if it is in disrepair, it could detract from the look instead.
There are many different factors that can cause damage to masonry work, such as climate, vegetation and cracking. If the problem is vegetation that is causing damage, it can help to be proactive in clearing away anything that is growing directly on your walls.
It is also important to have proper drainage around your house since water can cause extensive damage. The grade around the house should have a downward slope away from the building to prevent water buildup.
The most common problem with masonry is cracking. This could be caused by shrinkage or expansion during the first year or so of the building, improper back-filling, uneven settlement among other things.
Sometimes the cracking can be a sign of a more serious, underlying problem, so it is a good idea to have it checked by a professional, especially if it is part of the structure.