08:26AM | 10/22/05
Member Since: 10/21/05
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I bought my house in '03 that had recently been repaired with 3 piers, along the SE corner wall of the 2-car garage. It was obvious to the naked eye that the mortar in the brick had been repaired where the original 'diagonal' breakage had occurred. I know that is to be expected. The 1-story house was (and still is) surrounded with soaker hoses. The foundation is a cement slab. I've been regularly watering 3-4 times/wk since I bought the house (more so during dry summer months), and conduct visual checks around the house approximately every couple of months, or so. I've had no problems until recently.

Within the last month, my garage door began hanging (when opening and closing), and a closet door (located on the NE corner) began sticking around the same time. Saw no cracks in the interior walls, etc; however, the exact same diagonal area on the outside (previously repaired in '03) had app a 1-inch gap in the brick/mortar. There is a very slight raise along a crack in the garage floor, at app the same location of the outside brick gap. Looking at the closed garage door from the outside, it appears that the outside wall (again, SE, previously repaired in '03) angles outward (about 1/2") as you look from the bottom, upward.

I contacted the foundation company that had performed the work in '03 for an inspection. I found it odd that the engineer told me the remainder of that east wall (NOT repaired) is now shifting downward, and the house now needs 8 more piers!! I find that very odd, due to the fact that the gap in the brick/mortar is in EXACTLY the same location as was previously repaired. My first thought is that this was, at best, a job 'not completed' in '03. My second is that the '03 repair could have possibly caused this situation; and was not considered in the original evaluation, as I feel it should have been.

How common is this? Am I correct in my thinking? I feel I'm being 'taken' on this, and this work should be covered under the original warranty. I'm searching for a second opinion, regarding my thoughts, before I contact the foundation repair company; so I'm writing for some hopeful direction. Any assistance/direction would be greatly appreciated.


03:33PM | 10/22/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
You need an engineer that is WORKING FOR YOU to inspect it and proscribe a fix.

Then you can determine if the old repair was done right, etc.

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