This pre-1950 house with a cinderblock foundation had a few issues. We were called in to investigate a foundation problem after work with another contractor the home owner had hired went terribly wrong. The exterior excavation was a mess. The contractor ran into problems with some unique attributes of the existing foundation on the exterior and was not performing up to the homeowner’s standards for what should have been an interior reinforcement wall on the inside of the basement.
The cinder block wall had inward deflection for which the 1st contractor was attempting to install an interior support wall. The construction we viewed during our first inspection was inadequate and would not have performed or passed any Engineering inspection. Even the homeowner with no prior experience could recognize it’s shortcomings. We would need to remove everything the prior contractor had done.
The basement floor had been lowered to the bottom of the footing elevation at some time during past renovations. This created a structural issue in the installation of weeping tile that would be required. We would have to excavate wider to allow for the proper location of exterior weeping tile without interfering with the bearing of the footing.
It’s no surprise that repairing a home’s foundation and all that comes with the project would be a stressful, messy and unpredicatable job. Kevin and …Read more
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