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I’m under contract to purchase a home that has several large cracks below grade in the basement in two places. Some cracks are 2-3 feet long mostly horizontal and some water does seep in. In one spot, the foundation is bulging in very slightly (a 1/4" maybe) but it is noticable. The grade outside is towards the house, the gutters are all clogged and the downspouts so I can see why water’s getting in. Of course, I need to correct the grade, gutters, etc, but what can I do about the crakcks, specifically the bulging?
The inspector seemed quite confident that it was not going to cave, but suggested a pilaster(s) to prevent further damage where the wall is bulging in. Does this make sense and approx what costs would be invloved?
Another question about the lolli columns. They've been shimmed at the top with 2x4's and are not filled with concrete, so I assume I need to replace them? Can I use the adjustable type I've seen in lumber yards? Are they then bolted to the floor?