Questions tagged [foundation]

The base on which a house or other structure is built or installed, connecting the structure and transferring its load to the ground. Questions using this tag should include additional tags to identify the type or material of the foundation.

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Does this foundation wall crack justify immediate corrective action?

I just inspected the interior foundation walls in my 1920s house and found this horizontal crack behind a closet. At the widest part, the crack is about 1.5 cm. There is what seems to be an ...
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Why is there a hole in my basement wall?

I just bought a house & I am curious as to what or why there is a hole in my basement wall. Inside is just the foundation wall and dirt floor. Why would a builder create such a thing? Can the area ...
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How can I repair and waterproof a large crack in my foundation wall?

I recently just bought a house which was nice at first! Now after 5 month, it is now spring. We had a good rainfall which flooded my basement from the floor up because of a high water table (sump ...
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What can I do about cracks in a stone foundation?

Considering purchasing a brick farmhouse in mid-Michigan built in 1885. There are large visible cracks in the foundation. Anyone have thoughts on the cause and possible repairs?
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How can I prevent interior French Drain from further eroding soil under garage slab?

I have a home with a block wall foundation and adjacent garage (built on a slab) on the left side facing the house. The house sits on a grade with right side to left side drop of 3/4" to 1" per foot. ...
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What sort of professional can I call for attic inspection and checking foundation?

I am a single lady homeowner of a fix-up foreclosure. I bought the home for cash but did have a home inspection done. It has been almost 10 years, and although I did fix the things that were initially ...
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Is my home likely to be damaged by nearby construction activities? [duplicate]

They start at 7 and go all day. What can I do...is my house at riskThe .land behind my house is being built on.There is a lot of vibration all day.It feels like an earthquake..as they take down trees ...
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Covered Porch Support Concrete Crack

The front step of my home is made of concrete, on which supports the overhang via two posts on each corner. One of the corners of the concrete has developed a good sized crack, and it's taking the ...
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Does Age of Home need to be considered when encapsulating crawl space?

I have had my crawl space encapsulated. It has made a big difference in the air quality inside the home (80 years old). However, I am now seeing cracks throughout my home in the walls closer to the ...
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Wet spot on outside of foundation oozing

I have a wet spot on the outside of my foundation. It is a block proprietor and a slab poured inside. Pipes run under slab. When I first noticed this I checked the water meter for 24 hrs several ...
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Shed wall anchorage

I have an existing 48"x48"x4" thick concrete pad sitting atop gravel/crushed stone that goes down to the frost depth. The pad was poured with the idea being that a water tank would sit on it, and then ...
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outside cement wall chipped

I have a cement wall that has been chipped a little: What can happen to this wall over time? Will this deteriorate if left as is? In short: do you think it's important to fix this ASAP or this can ...
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Levelling across multiple garden grids or concrete path tiles

I'm trying to create a level, sturdy space outdoors, where I can ultimately set up a heavy workbench with various tools. This needs to be 2.5m wide, and 1.0-1.2m deep, giving sufficient area to both ...
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Pouring foundations in cold weather, builder didn't protect them - how to tell if it is set right?

Our builders have just poured the foundations for our house this past Friday, but did not cover them to protect them from the cold. We experienced temperatures ranging from -2 to -7 overnight during ...
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Whats the best way to patch a 1.5" hole in a poured foundation wall?

I need some expert advice here. I inherited a house that has a pool and a shed. The electric to both the pool and shed pass through the foundation of the house underground through what looks like PVC ...
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Can a home rest permanently on two steel beams?

My home has settling due to sitting on clay soils. I've seen homes that get new foundations rebuilt sitting in one or two large steel beams and wondered, if those are themselves underpinned to ...
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Water on block foundation wall

I have water on the top 4 feet of my basement foundation wall. This goes around almost the entire perimeter of the basement. The bottom 4 feet of blocks are dry. Any ideas the cause? Can someone ...
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No Footing Under Existing Structure

. The entryway has started to detach from my home. On one side is the entryway and the other a small room. The floors have started to slant. One side is worse than the other and one side has ...
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Convert Pier and Beam to Slab Foundation

Due to undersized foundation (5" wide x 12" deep concrete wall with no extra footing), low exterior grade to siding clearance, and little to no crawlspace access, and a bad floor that needs replacing ...
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If one wanted more basement ceiling height

... is it more insane to try to stabilize a brick foundation, break up a concrete floor, and dig down... Or to levitate the house as if one was going to relocate it, and build the foundation upward (...
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The Big Crack and What’s Underneath It

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” ...
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Question about foundation and door of my house

I am recently ready to buy a house from a friend. house looks ok. but after foundation engineer checking. he told me front left side of the house is around 6 inches higher than other parts of the ...
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Foundation casting of a house

The foundation trenching has water about 3 inches due to rainfall, also the surrounding area of the land is waterlogged. We blind the trenching base using sand and cement. Can we cast the foundation ...
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Does my house need structural enhancement?

I live in an area with clay soils, so the homes here move quite a bit leading to typical cracking in drywall around door and window frames. My home seems particularly bad, ex this large crack in my ...
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Walls dont appear to be bolted to foundation - any retrofix?

After quick inspection of the walls in my house I dont think they are bolted to the foundation. At least I couldnt find the bolts - I think there mightbe several concrete nails holding it in place but ...
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Pin foundations

Are patented pin foundations worth their price? Would simply drilling holes into a concrete block, driving rods into the ground to frost line depth, and securing the rods to concrete block with ...
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Placing a manufactured (tiny) home / RV, trailer foundation on stands or blocks

What are the best practices in placing a fairly temporary, a few years with full time use, 10K lb manufactured home/ rv with a trailer foundation on stands/blocks in the western pacific cascades? ...
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Messed up shed concrete pier foundation - wrong spacing. Does my plan to fix this look realistic?

Hmm. So here's the situation. I've ordered a 10x16 shed and decided to build concrete piers foundation. Iv'e used shed manufacturer instructions but messed up the piers positioning. As you can see I'...
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Is 4 ten-feet 4x4s enough for a shed foundation?

I've ordered a 10x16 shed and building a shed foundation right now. Basically I did 8 concrete piers and I'm planning to just run four 4x4 timber posts in parallel. Will that be enough of a support? ...
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Excavating Under a Concrete Foundation Slab?

I have a small ?30' x 12'? addition. on a cement slab. I think the slab is 4 inches and was reinforced with some steel. Could this cement foundation be the roof for a root cellar? Other than the ...
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Product identification/recommendation to seal top of foundation wall

In preparation for winter, I've started to inspect the exterior of my house and noticed some of the sealant at the top of the basement wall needs replacing. Unfortunately I bought the house like this ...
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Patching Base of Fieldstone Foundation

So I have a field stone foundation and recently had gutter put on the house. There are a couple spots were water has been getting in. Once those areas are dry I'd like to try and fill them in. I was ...
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Leaking crack inside basement wall

I have had a leak down into my finished basement. When I cut away the drywall there is an obvious crack that runs to the corner of the basement window. I have sealed outside along the foundation as ...
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Is my nearby neighbor's foundation excavation a concern for my home?

Hope someone can answer my Question. I live in Milwaukee WI.My neighbor just informed me she will have to have her basement excavated. The side of her house is 14 feet away from the side of my house. ...
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Lowering a room…digging into foundation?

My husband and I recently purchased a home in Orange County, CA (note: earthquakes). The home was built in 1981, and is two "levels" if you will. The entry way, living room, all bedrooms, and a couple ...
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How much can concrete form tube protrude above the ground?

I want to build a shed foundation. I will be using these concrete tubes. The area where it will be installed is kinda shallow and gets muddy in the spring. This is why I want these tubes to be above ...
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Pier Beam Foundation Sill Beam

Background: I live in upstate New York, just outside of Ithaca. My wife and I have recently purchased a home at a steal because of an existing relationship with the previous owner. So the fact that I ...
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Can I use hydraulic water-stop cement to fix foundation leak?

We moved into our house about a year ago and quickly found that we have a leaking issue into our basement. The slab near our basement window has sunken so the water pools up against the house on big ...
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Foundation inside and outside of house cracking

I have a problem with my 60 year old back-split home that the concrete is cracking everywhere. We have cracks in the ceiling above the stairs leading the bedroom level, a vertical crack in the ...
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How can I bring low voltage wire through foundation

My house currently has a wiring situation that has caused a leak and water damage. See the attached picture for locations. I have a sprinkler timer in the utility room inside the house. The wires ...
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Wood frame not on foundation and in contact of soil

My house in Columbus, Ohio. I found yesterday that two feet of breakfast area is an extension that not sits on foundation. It sits next to the soil underneath the brick patio. The house is 12 years ...
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Gap between foundations is a bug entry point?

Main Problem Camel crickets are getting inside house and the entry point appears to be a gap between foundations. Background Occasionally, we see camel (spider) crickets in the bathroom of our ...
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How can I prevent water from flowing into my carport under the wall plate?

The carport was enclosed but no additional concrete was poured. The sill was screwed directly into the concrete. As a result of being so close to to ground, water has come in under it about 2-3 inches....
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Is my pool cracking due to sitting empty during freeze-thaw cycles?

I have a rental property with an in-ground pool. Last year my tenants failed to let me know that water was leaking out of the pool. They kept filling it up and once the pool was closed in the fall it ...
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How urgent is it to fix cracks in foundation?

I have a house with a floating slab floor built on a cement foundation. There is a crack in the foundation that is 1/8 inch wide which has existed since before I moved in 4 years ago. I never ...
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Soil grade is above foundation

Our soil/landscaping grade is between about 4" and 8" above the foundation. I've read and been told that this is a problem. I believe the soil should be ~4" below the foundation line. We have a ...
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How should pressure treated wood post foundations be protected?

I am planning on building a 3.5 by 4m garden shed/workshop, and I am thinking that I'll construct it on pressure treated wood post foundations. I have some 100x100mm pressure treated pine posts. My ...
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Uneven Floors, Red flag?

My wife and I just went to look at a potential fixer upper that would be our first home. Naturally I want to get a good home for a great price. I don't have any delusions about trying to fix it ...
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Geotextile Filter for French drain woven or non-woven?

I'm getting to the point of buying the material for my French drain, which is suppose to go at the foundation of my house's crawlspace. Now the question, I couldn't find a definite answer to...the ...
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Should I be worried that the anchor bolts are not centered on the sill plate?

I am in the process of having my first home built and have been trying to learn as much as I can along the way. Today I visited the home site and saw that the builder installed the sill plates on ...