Ken Meyer Posted April 2, 2009 Report Share Posted April 2, 2009 Got a call last night from someone whose home warranty expires in 2 days. So I went out this morning to have a look. She is very concerned about a crack that she & her husband noticed in a finished basement room. It has patio doors opening to the back of the house. Just inside the patio doors, there is a noticeable dip in the floor. There is a retaining wall behind the house, and the lot is sloped. Only a small crawl space under the front entry. The crack runs the length of the room, all along the back of the house. No signs of movement from the outside. This seems like more than the normal amount of cracking. My guess would be either a poorly compacted base or a wet mix, since the foundation walls look okay. The downspout drain runs into the wall and through the crawl under the front entry and exits the foundation at the front of the house. There had been some cracks in the drywall around the upper corners of the patio doors and windows in the floors directly above the basement patio doors, but they have already been patched and painted. The homeowner is nervous about it, so for her peace of mind, I recommended a structural engineer. I did tell her that at the very least, the builder needs to remove all the loose material and fix the crack. I'd like to know if you think this may be anything serious. Click to Enlarge 41.11 KB Click to Enlarge 30.33 KB Click to Enlarge 37.68 KB Click to Enlarge 27.36 KB Click to Enlarge 35.07 KB Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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