All due respect here to Mike, he may indeed be a good HI, wrong imo on some statements/claims here which he apparently will put in his written report and some he may not have, and should have
1:55 he says, a vertical crack in wall turned into a horizontal crack, and said usually vertical cracks are not a big deal.
Would ask, not a big deal as to…?
It’s a big deal to some buyers because it exists and it’s a big deal to some buyers because it can allow water in. Same goes for horizontal cracks.
Sure, later he edits (3:50) and says, Typically what is going to happen is the crack will be filled with epoxy…inside and out.
Note-- not all epoxy injections last, some don’t last long at all (link-photos below)
2:45 he says, this is a problem but it’s correctable if you extend the discharge line (sump)
Well, he just brought up that, sometimes it rains long and hard so, while a short-discharge line and the water from it emptying close to a wall doesn’t help, the water from long hard rains alone or, thaws, saturate the soil along a wall and that alone can cause vertical or horizontal cracks.
Many vertical cracks are caused by ‘other’ things, one is lateral soil pressure so I wouldn’t say/write in a report (sure you can, go ahead) that a certain vertical crack was caused by settlement.
The U S Army Corps says several things can cause foundation cracks, one being lateral soil pressure which causes 3–KINDS of foundation wall cracks, step cracks, horizontal cracks and… VERTICAL cracks.
PAGE 2 http://www.amherst.ny.us/pdf/building/soilsstudy/TOASFS_section3.pdf
Back to his video, and just trying to point out a couple things where one could get sued for wrong statements/claims/causes of cracks etc
Ok so he brought up the possibilty that the vertical crack maybe sealed w/epoxy, I wouldn’t recommend that and, does he mean the outside of crack/epoxy would be done…only at the top (no digging) because, that is what some do.
So, what about the horizontal crack? Leave it alone, don’t mention it, don’t waterproof it?
Some vertical and some horizontal cracks DO, get worse, widen, whether someone adds a 10 mile long downspout ext or not, whether they add a 100’ long discharge line for sump pump, or not.
Might want to put that in your inspection report and maybe recommend to potential buyer about epoxy injections and, have the seller fix/waterproof the horizontal crack or, bid LESS
By the way, he doesn’t mention anything about exterior waterproofing. Does he, like some HI’s, have a Uncle in the furniture business? Check that, a buddy in the foundation repair biz that does epoxy injections? Just saying.
That’s a SHORT dig, wouldn’t cost much to hand dig and waterproof that little thing.
Interior injections for poured wall cracks, not block, not brick, poured only and you still need to cross your fingers in hope the injection is done correctly and lasts! Not like this one, photos…
click any photo to enlarge that photo.
The inside system clowns claim their injections go…all the way THROUGH the crack, to the OUTSIDE.
Well, I have yet to see one that did, 35+ years and it didn’t go through to the outside at this house either photos 11,12,13… nope.
Some HI’s may also want to inform buyers that it’s highly unlikely the exterior foundation walls were waterproofed and backfilled correctly when built. Looks like someone sprayed on thin-watery cheap damproofing junk here/video, it doesn’t last.
Almost all crawlspaces here in Mich we’ve seen were not even parged outside, they have zero protection. Just like this one in St Clair Shores MI, multiple exterior cracks and other openings/gaps which is why the crawl leaked and why there was some mold in crawl
http://picasaweb.google.com/101049034584960315932/Crawlspace click any photo to enlarge
Wonderin’, do some home inspectors inform buyers that the house he/she just inspected that has a crawl, very likely was not parged, not waterproofed etc on the outside or is this another thing overlooked, never mentioned, doesn’t matter, it’s not important?
Is a working, ring-a-ding-ling door bell more important than no parging etc on crawl walls?
Let’s see, does the door bell work or not? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROsymjaJ3OY Yep, ship-shape!
Detroit riots 1967, 400 state police, 4,000 national guard and 82nd Airborne http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2_VX2nymRs more than 800 stores were broken into or burned, all city gas stations ordered to shut off pumps, final totals 7,200 people arrested, 1,200 injured and 43 dead.