singel story home built 1982
no rain for three weeks
appropriate exterior slope away from the foundation
moisture meter indicated walls and floor were dry @ 7%
no interior drainage or sump pit in the basement
I inspected this unfinished basement and noted 1/4" horizontal cracks running apprx 30’ in the motor joints for the first and second row of block from the top on the North side. The top of the blocks were leaning outward causing the openings.
I also noted efflorescence on all four walls and on the concrete floor.
I explained to the buyer that the cracks may have been caused by improper backfiling or it may have been hit by a machine durring the backfilling process. Possible water infiltration durring some point could have also caused this issue, as the efflorescence was evidence.
I recommended a structual engineer be called in to evaluate this issue further.
A week later the rea called with the engineers report that she said she paid $340 for. She was not happy because the report (in breif) said “I saw no deterioration or damage that was structurally significant in this home.”
I believe my recommendations were warranted.
The buyer is happy and confident about proceeding with the purchase.
Although the rea made her commision it was indicated to me that I would have a difficult time finding work in this town…???
It’s been two weeks now and not one single phone call for business!
80% of my business comes from the Internet. Spooky…
Anyways…the photo of the cracks are not as good as I would like to share and I do plan on changing this to a close up including a tape measure from now on.
One of my questions is. Did I call the efflorescence correctly?
Any comments welcomed…