Originally Posted By: Mark Anderson
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Mr McCann…Lynn-- IMO…Grip tite is garbage…period.
As always, would be best to see the house/walls that you just inspected. This is what happens when homeowners wait too long to take action or heed advice from the G Haeges of the world
...and sometimes yes, when they dont have the funds.
Would have been better-less costly to fix the problems before it gets outta hand (get a loan) cuz it sounds like this homeowner is very near/at the wall replacement stage. And dont think that a new wall wont begin to bow in either (many do within 6 months)....even when the new wall is built and backfilled correctly. The footing for a wall has more pressure on it (deeper) than the wall, so it can crack and bow as well. And there are times underpinning a footing will fail as well. Things settle and continually move underground--roots will mess things up too.
Over the long haul...the best way to lessen hydrostatic pressure,which is from tons of dirt/clay/roots etc against the outside of the wall and WILL crack/bow/buckle a wall, is to hand dig to footing,haul all dirt away,seal cracks w/hydraulic cement,apply thick (not thin) tar,then apply visqueen over the tar and Backfill with 100% peastone all the way up to within a few inches of grade..top soil rest. Have helped--saved many walls `n homeowners from further problems and costs (replacing the wall And waterproofing new wall). I tell anyone who will listen
that if your building a new house...have the walls waterproofed correctly with Thick tar & visqueen and Backfilled along the walls with all peastone...its not going to cost you that much more to have this done when the walls are already dug out/excavated.
Sorry i cant help ya much Lynn.
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