This is my first post; I’m happy to be here.
We are looking at buying a condominium with a full basement. The inspection was mostly uneventful except for this area shown in the pictures below. There is an I-beam that spans the entire length of the basement and ties into each of the poured foundation walls. The tie-in area at the opposite wall looks fine.
Initially I thought the beam and wall must have moved relative to each other, but the wall seems to be straight. Another guess was that water entered the foundation in this area and froze, expanding and fracturing the concrete around the beam.
I’d love to hear if anyone has seen this before, and what it might indicate about the integrity of the foundation. The floors in the house are level and there is no obvious sagging above this area.
Thanks for your help.