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redlined 05-20-2009 11:45 AM

Are these cracks a problem?
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Hello All

Bought a house 3 years ago, built in 1984, found these cracks in the basement wall in the mortar, should I be concerned about these? Never had any water,etc.

Thanks for your help

CyFree 05-21-2009 08:05 AM

Horizontal cracks like the ones in the picture in block basement walls might be an indication of foundation problems. Usually the first sign that the walls are bowing.

I recommend you to get a foundation repair specialist there as soon as possible because only a in-home structural assessment can give you a exact idea of how serious the problem is and what you can do to fix it.

Call 2 or 3 foundation repair companies in your area for a free inspection, get different opinions. It will cost you nothing to find out whether this is a serious problem.

This website has some information about foundation repair:
What Causes Basement Wall Failure

However, if you want to take an in depth look at the problem there is this nice free e-book that gives you all you need to know about foundations, in everyday language and with plenty of pictures

Foundation Technology

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