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WirePuller 04-21-2012 01:56 PM

Pouring a new footing
Bought my first house, was built in 1930. The previous owner either didn't give a damn or didn't know but the water messed up the foundation (poured concrete). The eavesdrop is broken at one point, just letting any and all water drip right down. The house is mine at the end of the month I'm tackling that issue right off the hop.

To the point of this thread though, due to the water damage from that and also the basement entrance having no drain or way of directing water away from the house, the foundation has some nice cracks on that corner area of the house. Reason being the water sunk down and messed up the ground under that corner footing making the house shift. First on my lift is to tackle this and patch up those cracks.

So my question is, do I have to jack up the house at that corner and add a footing. Or can I just add a new footing as is to properly support the house and prevent further shifting? Unfortunately I don't have pictures but I can get those later if requested.

AndyGump 04-22-2012 01:38 AM

I think you really need professional help on this. It is not something for a DIYer.
Perhaps even a soils test may be in order.


joecaption 04-22-2012 08:33 AM

Really need an on site pro to be looking at this one.
Not going to be a cheap fix, sure you want to commit to this house?

WirePuller 04-22-2012 09:26 AM

I've already committed to the house, and for the price I got it for compared to the price of others I can afford to throw some money at it. The location is pretty good and it has a basement apartment so I really like it. Foundation cracks where I'm from aren't uncommon. I'll look into getting a specialist over.

CallMeVilla 04-22-2012 01:28 PM

I have seen this solved by jacking on the inside and repouring a new footer with a block wall on the inside. You lose sq footage but you save the house. You have my sympathies . . . didn;t a home inspector tell you to run fast??

WirePuller 04-23-2012 09:50 AM

Home inspector came in after I purchased the place (the bank requested it). He said it just needs a new footing and proper drainage away from the house. Once I tackle to drainage issue that's really the brunt of the problem dealt with. It's just years of water that was seeping into that corner and then freezing up in the winter that messed it up. Dig down see what the soil is like and pour a new footing. I'm just wondering if it's crucial I jack the house up to do so if the lean isn't even that bad. Like I said foundation cracks are pretty common here, every house I looked at had one actually.

CallMeVilla 04-23-2012 08:07 PM

Sorry for being unclear. Jack hammering along the inner foundation wall and laying a new course of block is one solution. However, weeping tile will probably be needed to solve the drainage problem. THAT involves excavation outside along the perimter wall. Good luck.

WirePuller 04-24-2012 05:14 AM

Thank you. Ya replacing the weeping tile is also on my list, I can rent an excavator for $170/day.

joecaption 04-25-2012 06:58 AM

The type escavator you need is a mini with the type bucket that can be adjusted from side to side, I'm not talking about being able to swing, this one can be moved over so the bucket is in a straight line with the foundation, this this is tiny and has tracks that can be moved in and out so it can get through a 4' fence gate.


WirePuller 04-25-2012 02:28 PM

Found out my uncles brother-in-law is a landscaper and he owns a mini excavator so I'll probably go with that if the price is right. Already planned on making sure there's going to be nothing in the way before digging but it's always good to be reminded, thanks. Since I'm digging up for the weeping tile anyway it just makes more sense imo to pour the footing outside.

I get the keys in 5 days, really excited.

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