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mscott

07:13PM | 05/03/05
Member Since: 05/02/05
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Looking for assistance with recent problem encountered with new construction of Garage. New garage is 26X30 with Storeage Truss's. Slab is only 8 months old and is cracked in 5 areas crossing the entire floor. I expect concrete to crack but not this soon. Also with the craking concrete the north and south walls are waffeling on the inside casuing the 1/4 OSB wall covering to bow out approx. 1 1/2-2 inchs from the wall and popping screws out. Looking down these walls, it looks like speed bumps the length of the wall. This is not normal. The cracks have also gone up the one course of bricks the garge was set on. This has occured on 2 walls 2-date. Contractor stated that this was going to happen as he would have had to dig down 6 feet and place footings to prevent the propblem I am now haveing. Since that was not done, this was the end result. When I asked the contrator why I was not told this B-4 the slab was poured and the garage built. He stated that I saw the slab site and should have asked about it. Is this a normal problem for garges on floating slabs or is there more to this story as I suspect? Any suggestions as to what or where I could/should go with this next?

Glenn Good

07:18AM | 05/08/05
Member Since: 09/10/03
314 lifetime posts
I would recommend you contact a certified home inspector or structural engineer right away. It sounds as if you have structural problems that need immediate attention.

This is not normal and the contractor should be obligated to point out any possible structural deficiencies he suspects before the areas of concern are covered by the construction. It is not your responsibility to ask questions about possible poor existing conditions, you are not a trained expert, HE IS THE EXPERT and should be obligated to point them out to you.

A poor subgrade condition should NEVER be overlooked by any contractor. A structure can only be as good as its foundation and the subgrade it rests on.

You should have legal rights you can explore to force this contractor to repair the problem as instructed by an engineer, if you act fast. Hire a home inspector and/or engineer to inspect the conditions. Notify the contractor by registered mail of the problems you are having and what you plan to do about them. At this point in time DO NOT allow the contractor to do any repair work until you have a report resulting from the inspection specifying exactly what repairs are needed and how to do them, or the repair he does may only be temporary at best.

Notify him that you intend to give him adequate opportunity to complete the recommended repairs, and to pay for the inspection fees, before taking any legal action against him provided the repairs are done in a timely fashion.

Glenn

Moderator: Construction Systems, Foundations, and Masonry & Stone

For more information about me and/or my qualifications please visit my website at:

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