There’s been a horizontal crack in my house’s foundation going all the way around the house since we purchased the house 12 years ago. The foundation walls look like ordinary cinder-block, with a ¼” layer of ‘cement-facade’. The other day I noticed some of the cement was loose, and pulled a few chunks out. Underneath the cement facade and between the cinder-blocks was a very rusted steel bar. It looks like the rust’s expansion is what’s causing the crack - pushing out the cement facade all around the foundation.
Here's a couple facts about the house:
- The house was built back in 1942, we believe it was a kit-home, and was renovated in 1970’s. To my knowledge, there’s no renovations done on the foundation.
- The house is built on a small hill - the basement floor is a little bit above-grade for the nearby road, but the crack itself is a few feet from the local ground-level.
- As far as I know there’s never been any water seepage problems in the basement.
- The house is near Minneapolis, Minnesota - the basement is heated, but it certainly does get some temperature-swings in winter.
- This crack was repaired before - looks like mortar of some sort was slapped into the gap after the cement-facade crumbled away the first time
- The house was professionally inspected prior to us buying the place, and the inspector did make an incidental mention of the crack, but didn’t say we should be alarmed or anything.
- What the heck is this metal thing? Some sort of rebar?
- Does this need to be fixed?
- Any way I can fix it myself?
- If not, what sort of professional do I need to call to have it evaluated/fixed?