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cusimar

06:28PM | 11/02/03
Member Since: 11/01/03
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I bought a new construction house that at the time of closing had one crack in the foundation wall that was repaired by the builder. A home inspector regarded the fix as not permanent and in addition to this crack four more have appeared within a period of two months after I moved. The builder argues that the cracks are normal and due to settlement and refuse to fix the new cracks until they are 1/8 inches wide or if water leaks (under warranty for 10 months). A foundation company's opinion is that the house may be sinking and gave me an estimate of $27 k for installing 11 pipes under the foundation.
I don't know who to believe, because both companies have interest at stake. Do you know of foundation inspectors that may give an unbiass opinion or of any organization that may act as an arbitrator to force the builder to extend the guarranty on the foundation?
Thanks.

Glenn Good

02:39AM | 11/04/03
Member Since: 09/10/03
320 lifetime posts
You may want to hire a structural engineer. His recommendations should hold up in any court of law (if it goes that far). Most building inspectors will suggest consulting with an engineer if he sees a possible structural problem.

Glenn www.consultationdirect.com

Piffin

05:17PM | 11/08/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1284 lifetime posts
I agree with Glenn but want to add that the builder's statement is self indictment, if you can get him to state same in writing.

Because it is NOT "normal" for a house to settle. It indicates that he did not do proper soils work before pouring concrete.

However, small shrinkage cracks are common and may be no structural problem. A minor shrinkage crack will not grow more than an eighth of an inch and will not let water leak in.

A structural engineer is a wise investment of a couple bills now. He can see and tell you what you need to know, acting in your interest.

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