Does anybody know what would cause the end of a post tension cable to protrude the slab 1 to 2 inches. Is it possible for the post tension cable in a monolithic slab to fail and exit the slab in such a way. Any comments or links to information would be usefull. The home is less than a year old.
A major home builder in the Katy area (Houston) is building a home for me in Westheimer Lakes. The electrical and plumbing are in, windows were supposed to go in today, and inspector is supposed to come out next wk. While doing a walk-thru this wk I noticed a post-tension cable in the kitchen sticking up thru the surface of the concrete, near the elec & plumbing for the island enter the foundation. The builder’s superintendent kinda dismissed the cable issue, saying it was their foundation contractor’s problem. Seems like it’s now my problem and the builder’s problem. Wonder how was it missed on the inspection after the foundation was poured? Do I need to get a structural engineer to write a report, or what recourse do I have to get the builder to address these problems? Maybe they will stack drywall on the cable and hide it from the inspector next week. How does one even repair a post-tension cable coming up thru the surface of the concrete? Thanks your comments & recommendations!
It doesn’t look like the cable broke through it looks like it was not properly positioned. The cable is supposed to be located in the middle of the concrete. That cable was located at the top of the concrete and any soup that was on it popped when the cable was tensioned.
Hi Greg, this looks like it wasn’t placed properly as if it would have popped up during tension phase you would likely see wider blowout area.
Did your inspector do a foundation pre-pour inspection for you?
He might have photos of the area before the builder placed the concrete.
If you have any question, give me a call, I’m not far from your area.