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mikead

07:33AM | 03/31/08
Member Since: 03/30/08
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Dear friends:

I am house hunting, and fell in love with this newly built 2-story single family house, with unfinished basement.

The basement wall is a concern (see attached picture). It's poured concrete, however looks like a

three-layer cake. And the top layer has a darker color. Not surprisingly, the builder doesn't have any convincing explanations.

Can anyone advise what happened? Is this a serious issue?

Should I consider this house and pay for a home inspection at all?

BTW, the wall seems dry (there is a dehumidifier in the basement), and the dark layer doesn't seem to be caused by water damage, instead, it seems like a different type of concrete was used.

Thanks a bunch!

Mike
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joed

07:58AM | 05/12/08
Member Since: 09/17/02
527 lifetime posts
I can't say if iti s a problem but I can tell you why it is like that. I happens when they pour the foundation. They fill the forms part way going around the foundation. The weight of the cement can blow out the forms if you fill to quick. By the time they get around to the beginning the concrete has partially setup and next layer sits on top of it. This leaves a line between the layers. Unless the concrete was left to sit too long this is not a problem. The next layer bonds to the first layer. If left too long there can be an issue with the bonding. The darker area is probably from a different truck load. Should not be a problem except as noted above.
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