Cracked Block

Originally Posted By: dbush
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Picture shows the cracked blocks. Neither sides are loose, does not go all the way through the block. Is this more than I am seeing and I am under-emphasizing it?


Am I second guessing myself for nothing?


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Originally Posted By: jhagarty
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Joseph Hagarty


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Originally Posted By: dbush
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Joe, it is actually a crawlspace all across the house. The blocks are on the high side of the access door. I did recommend eval by engineer.



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Originally Posted By: dbush
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That is why I like to do the reports at home. The more I look at the picture and think about the fact that there is also an unsupported beam inside this area makes me think there was definitely some settling. Thanks for opening my eyes Joe.



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Originally Posted By: lfranklin
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It looks as it my be differential settlement. Is that the only footing under the crawl space door and how wide is it


Second guessing is how you will learn. If an Engineer looks at it let us know what caused the crack.


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Originally Posted By: dbush
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Larry, the crack starts at between 3/8 & 1/4" and goes down.



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Originally Posted By: jmyers
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You know a crack by any other name is still just a crack! icon_biggrin.gif


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Originally Posted By: lfranklin
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No there are two cracks


1 Building crack- people can explain


2 Joey Myers crack- Nobody can explain icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif


Originally Posted By: lfranklin
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Dave, Just from a quick look I was wondering if that the footing from the door to the right is the same. If so it didn’t look thick enough to give the proper support and not below the frost line and both can cause movement.


Originally Posted By: jmyers
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Dave,


I would not put much to it. If you are more comfortable with recommending evaluation by a professional by all means do so. As for me, I have seen plenty of cracks and I really have grown tired of recommending my clients spend more money for an engineer to tell them the house has settled. I do recommend monitoring the crack for further movement and seperation.

You should keep in mind that it is rare you find structural failure. If you can do like Joe H. does and see if you can tag along with an engineer. The information they would provide is priceless.

Joe Myers