Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation

CLT

04:08PM | 05/06/03
Member Since: 04/09/03
4 lifetime posts
WE HAVE A CRACK IN THE FOUNDATION ON THE FRONT RIGHT SIDE OF OUR 26 YEAR OLD HOME AND ALSO CRACKS THROUGH 14 BRICKS ABOVE IT. THERE IS ALSO A CRACK IN THE BACK OF THE HOUSE. THEY SEEM TO HAVE DEVELOPED IN THE LAST TWO YEARS. THE SOIL BELOW IS CLAY. I HAVE CALLED A FOUNDATION CO. AND THEY WANT ME TO PUT IN TEN PIERS FOR BIG BUCKS. TWO OTHER FRIENDS (WHO WORK CONSTRUCTION) SAY TO USE A SOAKER HOSE FOR A WHILE AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. ANOTHER CO. THINKS ITS A WATER PROBLEM...WE SIT HIGH ON THE LOT AND THE CRACK IS ON THE EXPOSED SIDE OF THE FOUNDATION. OUR SUMP PUMP HAS NEVER TURNED ON IN 26 YEARS. THE LOT SLOPS AWAY. HOW DO WE UNKNOWLEDGEABLE PEOPLE KNOW IF WE SHOULD SPEND $10,000.00, BUY SOAKER HOSES OR PAY FOR RETILING AT $6000.00? IS THERE ANY PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO CAN BE HIRED WHO DONT HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN SELLING ME THE WORLD BECAUSE I DONT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE PROBLEM?

Jay J

04:35PM | 05/13/03
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi CLT,

First, please don't 'shout'. Using all capital letters makes posts hard to read. I read enough of them that I don't need a capital headache. Usually, I skip these posts but, tonight, you caught me before I got my headache. Thanks in advance for your understanding.

The recommendations you rec'd are all reasonable. I suggest you hire a Structural Engineer to give you the BEST advice. The Contractors all have a specific 'interest' in what they're recommending. The $$$ you spend on an Engineer will be $$ well spent. As you can see, you're being quoted 1000's of $$$ by Contractors. Spending a few 100 $$$s on an Engineer will be $$$ well spent.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: Architects know Structural Engineers if you can't find one in the phone book ...

PPS: God Bless America!

Piffin

08:06PM | 05/18/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1278 lifetime posts
In addition to what Jay said, a home inspector may be able to study the problem and make specific recommendations. The 'friends' who work 'construction' don't seem have have any inkling what to do. If it is a water problem, their advice will make it worse. if not, it will make a mess that will be harder to repair.

My impression is that you may only need your walls pointed up - maybe a couple grand or so, depending on the size of the house and condition of the mortar.

And please check to be sure that your caps key is working right before you use forums.

CLT

05:51AM | 05/21/03
Member Since: 04/09/03
4 lifetime posts
Thank you for your response and I am sorry about the caps....I did not even notice. I am having a more difficult time finding a structural engineer but am working on it. Had another foundation co out yesterday...he also said I need peiring....said the two cracks in front and back are the house falling down the hill. Anyway looks like we will be spending some money we dont have....thanks for your help!

Jay J

07:59AM | 05/28/03
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi CLT,

Again, look for an Architect in the YELLOW PAGES. They should be able to give you a lead.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!



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