01:51PM | 07/20/05
Member Since: 07/19/05
1 lifetime posts
I have foundation problems as well as water problems in the basement. Three walls are bowing and sheering in the bottom. The water is leaking in from the craks and corners. I had several contractors come out to give estimates on repairs. One wants to do all work from the outside (by replacing clay soil with gravel and new drain pipes and water proofing the exterior foundation. That contractor wants to stablize the walls by using 4 inch angle iron sunk into the floor and attach to the rafters. One other contractor wants to have anchor system put in to stablize the wall and use cactus board to water proof the basement. What is the best solution? I would appreciate your advise or any thoughts.

Thank you.


Dan Graham



06:02AM | 07/21/05
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
Your first contractor's assessemnt and treatment method sounds correct.

Without digging and replacing the expansive soil from the outside andy interior treatment is just a band-aid on a cancer.

If you really want a professional opinion that will decide the issue, hire a structural/soils engineer and take his corrective advice.

You have a very serious problem with your foundation.
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