03:59PM | 07/18/05
Member Since: 07/17/05
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I am under contract to buy a home (my first) and the home inspector noticed that the brick foundation mortar was soft. There was a lot of moister in the basement, no water, but wooden structures down there were saturated and had mold. A french drain was made and there is a sum pump, but it was still pretty damp down there.

What are some good solutions to repair the mortar and prevent further/future damage?


10:46PM | 07/19/05
Member Since: 07/01/05
91 lifetime posts
I suggest that you consider looking at the fine print of your purchase agreement to see if the sale is contingent upon a good inspection.

If the foundation needs to be rebuilt, one could easily be looking at $15-20,000 (on a modest sized home)


06:54AM | 07/22/05
Member Since: 07/17/05
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I am able to back out if I choose to do so, but I don't think the foundation has serious's more of a drainage situation. The worst-case scenario could be that I'll need to waterproof from the exterior.

I'm more concerned about the cost of that or how to patch/refill the older mortar.


09:28AM | 07/22/05
Member Since: 07/01/05
91 lifetime posts
It is a "buyer's market" in our locale.

A wet basement & moldy conditions are good reasons to proceed with caution on this purchase. Slow down & get professional opinions from those with experience in foundation work.

Stay clear of contractors that will "fix" the problem without excavating the exterior.


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