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deeprig9
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Near Athens
Member since Sep 2012
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Foundation Problem? With pics
I've been in the place for a year, home inspector said no foundation issues.


Today I see this in the basement.

What am I looking at, and how much is it going to cost me, and how quickly do I need to address this?

There's no obvious water on the floor or any evidence of previous water on the floor underneath this crack.

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wickowick
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re: Foundation Problem? With pics
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Today I see this in the basement.


WTF is a basement?


AaronDeTiger
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Member since Jun 2014
908 posts

re: Foundation Problem? With pics
Looks cosmetic to me, concrete cracks. Hard to tell from the pictures tho. Has the crack been there and you are just noticing it or are you sure it's new? I'd just keep an eye on it and see if it opens up or shifts.
This post was edited on 3/7 at 9:44 pm


Spankum
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Miss-sippi
Member since Jan 2007
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re: Foundation Problem? With pics
I wouldn't worry about it....unless you see it widening or some shifting between the two sides of the crack, I don't think there is anything to worry about. do be sure water doesn't settle around your house though, or you will get some leaking.


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bbvdd
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Memphis, TN
Member since Jun 2009
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re: Foundation Problem? With pics
Get something to seal it to make sure nothing comes through but other than that I wouldn’t worry about it unless it gets worse.

Houses settle and when they do concrete will crack.


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JamalSanders
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On a boat
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re: Foundation Problem? With pics
Are those walls or the floor? If walls it looks just like surface cracks, if floor you could have some settling of the subgrade. How old is the house?


deeprig9
Georgia Fan
Near Athens
Member since Sep 2012
30849 posts

re: Foundation Problem? With pics
House is a 90's build.

Pic is wall, not floor.

Other side of that wall is dirt.

There's clearly water stains on the concrete in the pics that follow the crack.

The red rusty stains you see hints of in the water stain line are indicative of the red clay Georgia soil on the other side of the wall.


Cosmetic?


TimeOutdoors
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re: Foundation Problem? With pics
Good drainage outside? I see that there’s no water but saturated soil definitely adds more weight to the soil.


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JamalSanders
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Member since Jul 2015
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re: Foundation Problem? With pics
If it is red clay coming through the wall, the you have significant cracking. Do you have landscaping next to the house near that wall?

Essentially you have a retaining wall that has to hold back soil and water. If the builder didn't put a membrane on the exterior of the wall then moisture will eventually make it's way through the wall.


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fallguy_1978
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Half mile from St George
Member since Feb 2018
8077 posts

re: Foundation Problem? With pics
My foundation needs to be shored up. No major damage yet. I was quoted 10k for the whole house and attached garage. The house is 2400 sq ft. I think including the garage and breezeway it's more like 3400. No basement.


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SportTiger1
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re: Foundation Problem? With pics
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Looks cosmetic to me


Nawlens Gator
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louisiana
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re: Foundation Problem? With pics

You really can't get a good answer on a message board with those pictures. I Had to have my foundation repaired a year ago and had several contractors look at it. They took measurements, made drawings, and gave me quotes.

You need to find a good reputable contractor who you trust and who has years of experience in your area. Get referrals, check Angies list, etc. They will come out and figure out what is needed.

I spent $11k but I was very impressed with the job they did. One contractor wanted $30k+ and had an arbitration clause in his guarantee. Do NOT EVER sign a contract with an arbitration clause. An arbitration clause pretty much voids any guarantee because of all the expert testimony and other legal expenses that would be way more than any recouped expenses.




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halleburton
Member since Dec 2009
1136 posts

re: Foundation Problem? With pics
Not too familiar with basements in general, but I would be SHOCKED if that is clay...more likely iron in the groundwater, similar to stained sidewalks / driveways etc.

Dollars to donuts you have a waterproofing issue (all basements do eventually) over a structural issue.

eta: definitely keep an eye on it and see if the crack changes over time. and after periods of heavy rain, check and see if the block is damp around it.
This post was edited on 3/8 at 5:51 am


Tridentds
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re: Foundation Problem? With pics
Your pics don’t really show a problem. Pretty normal cracks. When you start getting good separation at the cracks or the cracks are popping off chips/pieces of concrete then you are moving towards a problem.


bayou choupique
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re: Foundation Problem? With pics
you need to make sure it is draining properly on the other side of the wall, it does look like some water is starting to seep in. The crack right now is nothing to worry about but I would definitely keep an eye on it. They do make several products you can seal and cover that crack with.


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RogerTheShrubber
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Juneau, AK
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re: Foundation Problem? With pics
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WTF is a basement?


Where you store scary looking military grade full semi auto firearms.
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Dallascajun
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Dallas,TX
Member since Jan 2012
8 posts

re: Foundation Problem? With pics
If you are getting red dirt leaching through the crack, you are definitely getting water through as well. The waterproofing on the outside (applied directly to the basement wall) has either failed or is not installed. I would suggest having a waterproofing contractor look at it and provide pricing to install a negative side waterproofing material such as Xypex at the crack. Or they may recommmed an polyurethane injection grout.


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Barneyrb
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NELA
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re: Foundation Problem? With pics
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WTF is a basement?


In Louisiana it's known as an indoor swimming pool


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BoogaBear
LSU Fan
Member since Jul 2013
2588 posts

re: Foundation Problem? With pics
I have a concrete basement as well. The orange red whatever is definitely water leaking in.

I have the same stains around where my main water line enters the house.


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CootKilla
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re: Foundation Problem? With pics
You can monitor it by putting a reference line across the crack. Draw a straight line with a sharpie across the crack. Make the line an even number like 1 foot. That way you can tell if it is settling or opening up.


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