Originally Posted By: Joe
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I did an inspection yesterday, and found one of the foundation blocks deflected outward from the structure, and cracking away from the other blocks.
The image that I have doesn't do it much justice, and I apparently need practice before uploading. The deflection starts at the bottom of the block and gets worse as it goes toward the top of the block- the block is even with the others at the bottom, but is pushed out by 3/8" or so at the top.
I called it out as a possible foundation fault, and recommended a foundation contractor with licensed structural engineer consult.
My question: any idea what caused it? The wall in question is a basement wall, there is no interior damage, nor any sign of why this single block is like this. The basement is finished, so I can't see the actual foundation wall. My suspicion is that a beam has shifted or expanded and applied lateral pressure to the block.
Thanks in advance...
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