(Pic 1) 1981 two story w/full basement, with attached 3 bay garage…
(Pic 2) Gap in concrete between garage slab and driveway. Driveway has minor slope to street. Driveway has some cracking, but no heaving. I see this often, and is generally an easy fix.
(Pic 3) Garage slab at rear wall has excessive gap. Runs the entire length of rear wall. Gap measured 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inches.
(Pic 4) Garage slab at front (vehicle door) wall. Notice no gap at wall, but see gap from pic 2 on other side of wall.
I have seen small gaps develop from concrete shrinkage, usually 1/8 to 1/4 inch. The slab has the typical hairline shrinkage cracking, hardly noticable. I have never seen this severe of a gap before. It is only at the rear wall. There is no evidence of the wall bowing, leaning, shifting, etc… There is no damage to the block foundation wall (visible) other than the mortar has hairline cracking in some areas. No noticeable displacement of the blocks.
**Question: **Does anyone have any idea what may have caused this gap? I swear, looking at it you would think it was done on purpose. As there appears to not be any issue with the walls, do you feel it to be of concern?
Note: Already informed client, in person and in report, to get an SE, as there are other framing issues in the home to be evaluated.
Thanks in advance,
Bonus: for you “eagle eye’s” inspectors… can you spot at least two other issues in Pic 4 ???