COMMUNITY FORUM

dbeffa

03:34AM | 09/28/00
Member Since: 09/27/00
3 lifetime posts
Bvbasement
I am thinking of buying a house with a concrete block basement built in 1954. I noticed a horizontal crack running the length of the basements front wall, and another one on the back wall. The cracks are in the mortor joint, about at the frost line level. There does not appear to be any bowing, or flaking of the wall at all. The condition report filled out by the seller stated that "after heavy rains water sometimes gets into the basement" I looked at the house after two days of on and off heavy rains and didn't find any water, or signs of water lines on the walls.
Someone told me that the crack in the wall is very common for a house this age. It is one thing if it is common, I just don't want to end up buying a money pit!!! If the house inspector says it looks ok I am going to buy the house. Is there anything I can do to repair the crack in the mortar from the inside of the basement?

Matches

07:13PM | 09/29/00
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
When I bought my house 15 years ago I ran into about the same situation.Built in 1955 and actually had water stains along basement walls which,I was told,happened during heavy rain.The basement has been bone dry for 15 years!
Anyway,morter joints do crack and if the rest of the house is decent, I'd buy it and deal with leaks as they happen.You may find that adding mulch or more topsoil around the foundation is all you need.Otherwise,there are other products to try that work from the inside out.
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Making this trio of storage totes is simpler than you might think. Gold screw bolts and spray adhesive hold the fabric cov... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... Few projects are more fun than upcycling a vintage piece in a surprising way. Outfitted with a sink and a delicately tiled... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp1