Block foundation issue

Would you call this out as a foundation issue with this much block missing and the bottom block oriented the wrong way?

Report what you see, Lawrence. :smile:

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Sure would make me curious at to why they did that. Calling it out for repairs is all you can do.
The horizontal ladder block reinforcement helps to hold up the blocks where it is missing.


I think that is all that is holding it up, lol. Looks like a poor substitute for a lintel.

As far as he blocked turned the wrong way, I do not have a problem with that on an older home that is performing and used sparingly. It was a common way to make crawlspace vents in the old days and they held up fine. I do call them out on piers.

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On the top picture, it looks more like a reinforcement wire that are sometimes placed in the mortar between CMU block walls.



Evening, Lawrence. Hope this post finds you well.
Could you enlighten members a bit more.
Year of construction?
Is this structural masonry?
Brick/block foundation?

I do not see any adverse CMU damage, such as buckling, sagging shifting or cracked units.
Even bed, but and head mortar bonds are not cracked or damaged, as of yet, from what I see.

I think the single CMU placed on is side was placed there during excavation incase the wall buckled under load. What they did not do is infill the damage afterwards.

Observation: Mechanically damaged foundation CMU blocks.
Recommend foundation repairs by a qualified masonry contractor.

Those mixed statements have me a little confused Robert. Which is it damage or no damage that you see?

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No adverse damage, Chris. Disastrous, calamitous, catastrophic outcome or event foreseeable.

Mechanically damaged CMU foundation block to excavate an opening. The foundation appears stable.

Looks like a straight forward repair by a qualified tradesmen.

In most places the “ladder wire” or “K-web” reinforcing has been eliminated as it proved to cause more problems then it solved. Most recent CMU walls are now reinforced with rebar and concrete at such close intervals that there is no point to the ladder wire. I’m from the masonry industry with more years experience than I care to admit to. :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

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I often see mortar problems with this such as the mortar being pushed out or falling out along courses.

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