Saw three cracks during today’s inspection. One of the cracks on the south wall was patched, extended down to the slab and stopped at the north wall. The north wall had a crack approximately 1/8" wide and while it extended down to the slab it was hairline for the at the bottom two feet. I’m not sure why the first crack would have been patched and not the second unless the second crack happened after the fact.
I did not observe any wall crack or doors that did not line up with the frames and these crack tested dry. I’m leaning toward the following recommendation.
***Moderate cracks (1/8 inch to 3/4 inch) and/or leaning were found in the foundation. This may be a structural concern, or an indication that settlement is ongoing. The client should consider hiring qualified contractors and/or engineers as necessary for further evaluation. Such contractors may include:
******Foundation repair contractors who may prescribe repairs, and will give cost estimates for prescribed repairs
******Masonry contractors who repair and/or replace brick veneer
******Geotechnical engineers who attempt to determine if settlement is ongoing, and what the cause of the settlement is
******Structural engineers who determine if repairs are necessary, and prescribe those repairs
At a minimum, recommend sealing cracks to prevent water infiltration. Numerous products exist to seal such cracks including hydraulic cement, resilient caulks and epoxy sealants.***
I’m curious as to what some of you would recommend concerning this defect.