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scousetonka

07:22PM | 05/01/04
Member Since: 04/30/04
3 lifetime posts
We have just noticed 2 vertical cracks between 1/16-3/16 inch in width down 7-9 courses of cinder blocks in our 11 month old home. The one crack starts under a basement window. This crack was not there several weeks ago. The other crack is in an adjacent wall. The builder will repair foundation cracks for one year from purchase date. Should we be concerned? Do we need to insist that the builder have a structural engineer come to inspect the foundation? Or is this something that happens and is easily repaired?

homebild

01:45PM | 05/02/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
You should inform your builder that you have a warranty concern. Make him aware of it within the warranty period by certified mail.

How the contractor chooses to enforce his warranty is completely up to him and there is no obligation on his part to provide a structural engineer if he opts not to.

Cracks of that minimal size does not signal any immediate concern.

scousetonka

06:47AM | 05/03/04
Member Since: 04/30/04
3 lifetime posts
Thanks Homebild for the response. If something was done incorrectly by the builder during construction that contributed to the foundation cracking, wouldn't there be some liability on his part?

You wrote, "no immediate danger". Does that mean that in time or if the crack became wider it could be a dangerous situation?

Also, don't know if this matters but, the cracks go straight through some of the cinder blocks.

homebild

04:52PM | 05/03/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
If you report your purported claim to the builder within the warranty period, the builder is obligated to consider any damage and correct in in the most appropriate manner.

My statement that there was no 'immediate danger' from the cracks as you describe them does not mean that these cracks are innocuous now or won't pose any danger in the future. My comments were strictly limited to the fact that cracks of that size and location do not pose nor indicate any immediate structural danger.

They may indicate other potentially problematic conditions such as basement water leaking....but it is impossible for anyone who cannot actually examine in person your foundation to say with any kind of certainty.

Contact your builder.

Tell him your suspect a warranty claim.

Advise him of the claim via certified mail.

Make the claim within any warranty period.

scousetonka

04:45AM | 05/05/04
Member Since: 04/30/04
3 lifetime posts
Thanks again....you've been very helpful.


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