Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation


01:46PM | 07/06/03
Member Since: 07/05/03
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Request your advice, please. I am buying a house and it has a slab foundation. The house is 10 years old. What should I check to make sure that the slab is in good condition. The next door neighbor has a water pump pumping water out to the street and the information I got is that the water comes from the other neighbors yards. It is not sewer water. Is it wise to buy a house on a slab in this neighborhood? Thank you.


03:11PM | 07/06/03
Member Since: 06/03/01
324 lifetime posts
There is no way to tell from your limited info. It probably depends on the slope of the land. If your potential home is at the top of the slope, there should be no problem. However, if the home is lower than surrounding land, expect water to drain downhill. Be careful and may want to get a good elevation survey to see where potential problems may be.

[This message has been edited by LDoyle (edited July 06, 2003).]


02:37PM | 07/21/03
Member Since: 07/20/03
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I would suggest hiring a professional. A good home inspecter could answer your questions and give you a written report to refer to if you want to negotiate the selling price.


05:05PM | 07/23/03
Member Since: 07/22/03
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well if you have the house assesed by the bank or mortage company, they will let you know if your home is in a flood zone. If anything i was interested had the potential to have water drain anywhere near my, I would not get it ever. wE just got hit with major flooding in my city, and down in the valley where all the water goes, cars were flooded and bridges collapsed.. so it sounds like a red flag


04:31AM | 09/05/03
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
The concrete slab is a red flag to me. I am sure there are thousands of people who live on a slab and love it, but my house was half crawl and half slab. The part on the slab was such a pain for the following reasons. Good luck running simple wires, you will have to try going up the wall. Any carpet on the cement is a good way for humidity to build up and chance for mold.

If you're questioning it maybe it's not the right one for you. Think long and hard about it.

Good luck.

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