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Old 11-11-2017, 09:32 AM   #1
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Have a cracked foundation. The wall is bowed about 4 inches in, and cracked in several places, with some reaching top to bottom and all the way through. What are my options for this, is there an acceptable repair or should the foundation come down and be re-poured?
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Old 11-11-2017, 09:37 AM   #2
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Man, what a shame. They not only back filled, they REALLY back filled. If it was my foundation I'd want that side of the foundation replaced.

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Did you pour that?



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Did they shore before they backfilled?


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The whole foundation was poured as one piece, is it possible to replace one wall?
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No, this is my house and a well-known builder is building the house.
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No, it was not shored.
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No, this is my house and a well-known builder is building the house.
What did this well known builder say about this? Sounds like somebody screwed up.
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I’m pretty sure they can fix that. You’ll have to reexcavate then get your foundation guy back out. Fire your original excavator. You can’t backfill a long straight wall like that more than 4’ deep without bracing. If it had to be backfilled he should have done the corners then only 4’ up on the long run.

How long did it cure before he backfilled?
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No, I notified them yesterday, they will get the message on Monday.
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I agree, that wall can be repaired.

It needs to be excavated, pushed back out and the cracks should be pressure injected with epoxy.

Though it is poor practice to backfill prior to the slab and first floor deck being installed, in tract housing the foundations are typically backfilled within days of the concrete placement.
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It cured for 7 days before backfilling
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I agree, that wall can be repaired.

It needs to be excavated, pushed back out and the cracks should be pressure injected with epoxy.

Though it is poor practice to backfill prior to the slab and first floor deck being installed, in tract housing the foundations are typically backfilled within days of the concrete placement.


Will the foundation be as structurally sound as an fully intact foundation, with the epoxy injection? I attached a picture of one of the crack
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Is should be fine, but I agree if you didnít do the work get them to fix it. You guys donít do any water proofing on wall like that?
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Some people have to wait decades to get that sort of "distressed" look at the corners of their foundation.
Any crack fill will fill it, but won't address the bow. I'd line it to see if it's something you can work with framing wise and they may have to add a little to the outside where it's in too far, providing there's enough bite for the bottom plate.
Excavation/landscaper may have to put a little extra attention there to make sure there won't ever be any back pressure there.
Can't see if there's a beam pocket there or not, but if so, and depending where the bow is relative to it, might want to put a counterfort under that then hide it in a small wall under the beam for cosmetics.
Then discount all of this off of your bill.

But I'm not a concrete guy, just a mold generating unlicensed remodler without insurance that can do whatever you need done!
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Tough situation. Talk to the builder and if you don't get any satisfaction, then ask for a meeting with the builder and the inspector. As mentioned before, they shouldn't have back filled it that high without bracing. I'm not going to suggest a fix except to say that while "Any crack fill will fill it", you want a structural solution, not a cosmetic one.
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Oh man, its exposed too...
jackhammer and redo?
Definitely only need to do the one wall.
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They can probably get it pushed back and repair the cracks. That still leaves you with a new yet repaired foundation and a bad taste in your mouth.
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sure it can be pushed back and crack patched. Needs a structural engineer at this point if this was in my City.
More prone to foundation leaks.
And will never look right patched.
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Sure, it can be "fixed" but it's not like you're ever going to unsee what happened. If it was my house the builder would have to give me something back, if that part of the wall is repaired.

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