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LicensedWaterproofer

12:59AM | 09/19/07
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts
Bvbasement
http://photosmart.hpphoto.com/FilmStripHome.aspx?JobID=489f34eb-c34e-4d89-911e-746ad5281e76&SKU=HP

3,4,5,6,7 pic`s from inside basement. sometimes, you see hairline vertical/step/horizontal cracks on inside wall(s). Not all cracks that are on outside of wall are vsible/appear on inside....see pic 4, corner

8,9,10,11 see that fat ROOT against basement wall, near corner. There were several roots in this area, its why corner is cracked.

Inside drain tile systems do not remove these roots that are pushing on wall,outside. Nor do they relieve/lessen lateral hydrostatic soil pressure.

14,15,16 crack at corner, back wall...goes down a bit and towards side wall.

17,18,19 side wall, there are 2 vertical cracks near corner, one goes down about 5' and turns into a horizontal crack that runs the entire length of wall, towards front. No inside system will stop/prevent further water from entering these cracks. Won`t stop possibility of termites and other insects from entering basement/house.

20 sometimes one will notice vertical or step cracks in bricks...above a cracked wall

22 used 50# of hydraulic cement to repair corner block, then apply thick asphalt `n visqueen, backfill w/peastone.

Carbon fiber straps and the like doesn`t remove roots that push against walls on outside

KingVolcano

05:50PM | 09/19/07
Member Since: 03/03/05
273 lifetime posts
I can't see a large version of the pics...am I doing something wrong?

LicensedWaterproofer

10:23PM | 09/19/07
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts
after you click the link.....click 'BACK' on right side

KingVolcano

02:07AM | 09/20/07
Member Since: 03/03/05
273 lifetime posts
Questions:

1. Why was concrete applied over the bricks and not just the mortar?

2. Did you consider replacing the bricks?

3. When dry, do you see the cement over the brick, or did you raise the ground level to cover it?

LicensedWaterproofer

12:05PM | 09/20/07
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts
hydraulic cement applied over crack & bricks to stop any water/moisture from entering. This area of bricks is under/by downspout and NOT taking any chances of water running out of 'elbow' onto bricks/joints and then penetrating, especially on those long/windy rains.

yes, grade was raised so you cannot see the hydraulic cement.

homeowners don`t always listen, they don`t always follow through/understand how important it is to seal/tuckpoint these above ground openings. Besides, these HO`s are in their 80`s, just trying to save them some cash from hiring a tuckpointing/brick guy.

no reason to replace bricks, again there was a hairline vertical cracks and some small openings in joints.

southernelitecrete

02:05PM | 12/20/07
Member Since: 11/13/07
20 lifetime posts
the effect's been treated & not the cause,,, that step cracking shown inside's the result of footer settling more'n likely,,, need to have some underpinning, 1st,,, look's like drylock/thoroseal inside - not worth a tinker's dam for water intrusing/leaking imn-s-hfo,,, i could be wrong but i doubt it.

the mediocre are at their best every day !

LicensedWaterproofer

01:33AM | 12/22/07
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts
NOTHING wrong w/footing.

In 30 YEARS have seen only a few,like 3/4 footings that were cracked/dropped.

Cause is most often expanding/contracting SOIL against outside of wall and/or ROOTS that grow against part of wall.So, in THIS case, the ROOTS that were right up against the wall at/near corner have NOW been Removed

Other cracks can be contributed to POOR BUILDING Practices when house was built..lack of reinforcing rod, bad BACKFILLING practices etc.

Underpinning wouldn`t have done chtt on all these homes/basements over all these years, its mostly been the SOIL, gotta get RID of it, waterproof wall/cracks and backfill w/all gravel-peastone.

There have been some instances when a PORCH-FOOTING CAUSED a crack/wall to push in. So, gotta get RID of the footing which was right up against the wall.

Wall anchors/piers are waaaaay

oversold, people getting talked into that crap waaay more often than needed.

They get SCARED into that chtt and i`d be happy to help those HO`s SUE the crap outta INCOMPETENT companies who use FALSE CLAIMS/lies/misinformation to seduce em outta their money!!!

southernelitecrete

05:07AM | 12/22/07
Member Since: 11/13/07
20 lifetime posts
i've only been doing it for 20 or so,,, but we've us'd soil anchors, underpinning, screws, wall pins, etc successfully,,, will agree that forever's longer'n i've been doing the repairs w/leaking conc/block residential/commercial/lt & hvy industrial,,, & true that poor const most often's the cause,,, have even been the 'expert witness' once/twice.

nevertheless, what all this means is every job's different even tho there're some common denominators,,, what work for 1 MAY work for another,,, even tho there're pics, there's nuttin' like feet on the ground.

'bout the only relief courts'll give will be bas'd on warranty,,, we never promis'd leak free, only water management,,, if anyone else can look into the future, please post :-)

the mediocre are at their best every day !
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