I have a personal interest in this situation… it’s my house!!!:shock:
I have two vertical cracks in my poured basement walls. The cracks are spaced far apart and only one (near the day-light corner of house) has settled. The bricks on the front of the house have cracked and opened up, the trim board joint at corner of house has kicked out… all the classsic signs of a foundation failure.
I know it will be costly so I will get several estimates. Does anyone have any actual experience with companies that repair foundations? Best method? Warranties? Etc.,
My house is a brick ranch, approx 2800 sq ft, with full basement. Any comments would be appreciated. Oh, I know the $$$ will be high but what kind of costs have you seen.
When I finally have this repaired I plan to take lots of pictures. I think it would make a great presentation on why to hire a HI.
Kenton, have you ever had Ram Jack do any work for you?
Pretty knowledgeable company and they give free quotes and advise (for Roberts issue, what ever it might be).
There was a home here for sale for over a year, with no takers, the mono-slab failed miserably. Ram Jack installed 6 piers for $38,000.00 with a lifetime guarantee. One portion of the home was built over buried construction debris in a corner lot.
I purchased the home new in 1992. After the basement floor was poured, they used a wet saw to cut expansion joints. The arc of the saw blade barely kissed the wall. Later, small verticle hairline cracks developed in the wall from where the saw blade touched. I have watched them for years and over time the crack at the left end of the house (facing the house) has gotten bigger to what I have now. One thing that could have happened, about 8 years ago I had a water pipe break in the front yard at that end of the house (about 20 ft from house). It probably ran for 2 days before it was noticed (I was out of town). Not sure if it could have washed out the soil under the footings. Here are a few pictures. I dont have one in the basement but it’s verticle, no in/out displacement, and about a 1/2 inch.
Sounds like the saw blade nick in the wall turned into a control joint. Unfortunately, it did just what it was supposed to do!
Some kinds of clay expand with moisture and don’t shrink after drying. If you have that kind of clay in the soil around your home, the water leak might be the source of your problem.
We have good old Ga red clay :neutral: The failed water line was on my side of the meter so I’m sure it’s my problem, not the county’s. I know I have a foundation problem, I’m just asking if anyone has experience or recommendations for method of repair (Cable-lock, helical-piers, etc.)