Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation


03:34AM | 09/28/00
Member Since: 09/27/00
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I am thinking of buying a house with a concrete block basement built in 1954. I noticed a horizontal crack running the length of the basements front wall, and another one on the back wall. The cracks are in the mortor joint, about at the frost line level. There does not appear to be any bowing, or flaking of the wall at all. The condition report filled out by the seller stated that "after heavy rains water sometimes gets into the basement" I looked at the house after two days of on and off heavy rains and didn't find any water, or signs of water lines on the walls.
Someone told me that the crack in the wall is very common for a house this age. It is one thing if it is common, I just don't want to end up buying a money pit!!! If the house inspector says it looks ok I am going to buy the house. Is there anything I can do to repair the crack in the mortar from the inside of the basement?


07:13PM | 09/29/00
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
When I bought my house 15 years ago I ran into about the same situation.Built in 1955 and actually had water stains along basement walls which,I was told,happened during heavy rain.The basement has been bone dry for 15 years!
Anyway,morter joints do crack and if the rest of the house is decent, I'd buy it and deal with leaks as they happen.You may find that adding mulch or more topsoil around the foundation is all you need.Otherwise,there are other products to try that work from the inside out.

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