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ElizabethW

08:43AM | 08/04/00
Member Since: 07/30/00
5 lifetime posts
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If the slab cracks before it is even a year old is the contractor libal in any way? I just found a crack is my slab. I'm building a house and contracted the slab and outside (brick) I'm going to finish the inside myself. There is a large front and side porch that is part of the slab. There is a crak in the porch that is over where the water and drain pipes are. It only goes half way across the porch, but it may get bigger and go up to the wall. What do I do?

rpxlpx

08:55AM | 08/04/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
Do you (did you) have a written contract with the contractor? If so, it will often say how long they warranty their work.
If you didn't have one, or don't have a copy any longer, contact the contractor anyway.

ElizabethW

11:55AM | 08/04/00
Member Since: 07/30/00
5 lifetime posts
What can I expect them to do? It's not like they can replace the slab?

fms

06:37AM | 01/02/03
Member Since: 01/01/03
1 lifetime posts
I have the same thing on my new house...can you tell me how this was resolved?

Piffin

05:38PM | 01/05/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1284 lifetime posts
It sounds to me like Eliz was her own contractor and subcontracted the masonry out. Cracks can be caused by poor concrete mix or craftsmanship but also by other things.
One would need to know who was responsible for the soils preparation and specifying the slab thickness and type and placement of rebar. Who designed the work as well as who built it.
Plenty of room to spread the blame around and many cracks in concrete slabs are just shrinkage cracks with little structural impact, IMO
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