09:20PM | 10/07/02
Member Since: 10/04/02
2 lifetime posts
HELP!! I am in the process of having a house built. There are a total of four foundation cracks. Two of them coming from the bottom of two windows to the floor and the other two coming from the side door (at least 5 feet in length for each). The builder has come out to fix two of them and the other two were neglected but I'm sure they will be fixed (Hypoxy/Weeping Tile). Is Hypoxy going to be a permanant solution?

The foundation was put up four months ago and the drywall has not yet been completed or started to say the least. I am concerned that by fixing these problems it will not be the answer in the long run. What happens when winter strikes or when the weight of the drywall is on?

I am sure the builder himself would not accept this sort of trouble if this were his home.

What should I do? Should I be concerned?

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your advice Glenn and Brian.

[This message has been edited by Layla (edited October 19, 2002).]

[This message has been edited by Layla (edited October 21, 2002).]


09:28AM | 10/08/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I don't know the answer. Perhaps you could ask the building inspector for an opinion.


03:30PM | 10/08/02
Best advice I can give is, if the contractor is repairing the problems, keep an eye on these areas and if the problems reoccur, notify him in writing before the warrantee runs out. If you do have a recurring problem then the source of the problem must also be found and remedied. If possible it would be a good idea to check the footing for cracking in the vicinity of the foundation cracks. Cracks in the footing can carry through the foundation if there is movement.

Also I would suggest keeping a log showing when the problems were first noticed, when the contractor was notified (in writing) about them, when the contractor actually repaired them, and how the repairs were done. This log could become invaluable if you ever have to go to court. (It wouldn’t hurt to let the contractor know you are going to keep a log for this purpose.)


Brian Wood

05:41AM | 10/19/02
A time & date stamped digital camera would help, or video of all areas you are concerned with, showing the stage of completion you were at, at the time. A hint, put a witness in the photo's. C.Y.A.

If there's one thing that bothers me more then poorly run plumbing & wiring, it's cracks in new concrete. It needn't happen.

Good luck Layla.

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Brian in LA.

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