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bfriend

06:33AM | 10/31/01
Member Since: 10/30/01
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Yesterday I noticed a vertical crack in our foundation that runs top to bottom all the way through the wall. The foundation was poured about five weeks ago and was backfilled a week or two after the pouring. The slab has not been poured yet. The house is still under construction and we haven't signed papers yet. We had planned on finishing the basement in the future. What should I expect from my builder? Is this something that is easily repaired?

Jay J

07:41AM | 10/31/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi bfriend,

Great! You haven't signed any papers yet. Hire yourself a Real Estate Attorney first and let him/her ask the questions. (This is one of my pet peeves. You see, what I don't understand is that 'most folks' spend 3x's the Purchase Price of a home over 15-30 years in terms of mortgage, principle, taxes, mortgage insurance, and so on, but won't spend a FEW 100 $$$s for good legal advice. I never seem to understand why one would ctc an Attorney only when one is in trouble. Spend some $$$ now for good advice. And DON'T sign anything w/o first consulting your Attorney.) Look at it this way - Banks and Mortgage Companies close on homes more times in a day than 'we' do in a lifetime. And wouldn't you know that EVERY, SINGLE time they do so, they have THEIR Attorney review the papers so THEIR insterests are protected. So, I ask: Who's looking after YOUR interest?

Now that I just fell off my soap box, it's not unusual for cracks to occur. There is natural settling that can cause cracks. At the same time, a bad batch of concrete could contribute to it, as can excessive external 'pressures', as can a bad footing, as can a few others. (All I'm saying is that the causes vary, and it's certainly not out of the ordinary WHICH IS DIFFERENT from it always occurs.) Right now, you need to watch the crack to see how it does over time. If it enlarges, you may have a problem. If it remains a hairline crack (either due to natural settling or anything else, good bad or indifferent), then leave well enough alone. I've seen many, MANY hairline cracks and even slightly larger ones that don't ever leak or 'slip' along the axis.

Get that Attorney and see what they advise. My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!

bfriend

11:12AM | 10/31/01
Member Since: 10/30/01
3 lifetime posts
Thanks Jay. I'm deffinately not signing anytihng, but I'd like to know for my own piece of mind what it takes to repair a non structual crack to guard against seepage. Have you ever heard of Epoxy Injection Welding? If so any experiences with it (good or bad)?

Jay J

12:57PM | 10/31/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi bfriend,

No, I'm sorry but I'm not familiar w/Epoxy Injection Welding. You can 'stick around' to see if a concrete Pro can reply to tell you about the '+' and '-' of the process. See Epoxy Injection Welding for some info.

Keep in mind a couple of things. 1) You can't be sure if the 'movement' is finished. If you have a Warranty w/the house, just start keeping track of what's wrong and let the builder know via Certified Mail, Return Receipt. (This is where the Attorney is VERY helpful.) 2) Epoxy Injection MAY be the 'weapon of choice' for the problem as it is but no one is sure if it will last should the wall continue to separate.

Try to wait for a Pro to come by here, or visit Concrete.com if you want to 'talk' to someone in the industry.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!

BobF

02:07AM | 11/01/01
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
1. A hairline crack doesn't mean the foundation will leak. My foundation has hairline cracks and doesn't leak.

2. There are two types of concrete - that which is cracked and that which is going to crack (ok this is a generalization, but points out that cracks are very common).

3. Even without cracks, a basement could very well leak. We've answered many many posts from people whose basements leaked but not at any cracks.

4. Cracks or not, what is important is what is done on the outside and underneath. Proper slope of landscaping, proper waterproofing on the exterior, proper installation of a sump pump, etc.

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