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gatewood 05-22-2013 04:24 PM

Suggestions on how to repair
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What would be the cheapest way to repair this problem with the garage? As you can tell the driveway is sloping and is not level causing a gap between the garage door and concrete. It's large enough for a small animal to get through. I'm deciding if I want to buy this property, and want to know this will not break the bank. Thanks.

kok328 05-22-2013 04:54 PM

Call a contractor in your area and see if it possible to 'mud jack' the garage slab and get an estimate of cost for the job. Otherwise, your looking at having the slab removed and re-poured.

JoeD 05-22-2013 05:02 PM

The cheapest way (not best or recommended way) to fix is to cut a slab of plywood and fasten it to bottom panel to fill the hole.

nealtw 05-22-2013 06:01 PM

It was likely built like that for a reason to pass inspection. If you raise the garage floor you would likely be above the foundation wall on that side.
If you lower the garage you might not have enough frost depth on the wall between the garage and house and the door will be to short.

inspectorD 05-23-2013 05:08 AM

Are there any cracks on the garage walls that you can see on the inside foundation?Or is there a door in the back that does not quite work so well also. If may have bigger issues of settlement with the structure.

JoeD 05-23-2013 06:42 AM

Without a closer picture of the garage with the door open it's hard to say what is actually the problem.

CallMeVilla 05-23-2013 11:19 AM

LOLOL ... guys! Square door and curved driveway ... basic geometry, right? Best repair is to take off from the right corner of the garage and re-pour to appropriate slope and height.

I would ask the owner for a give-back deduction on the price for this "essential" repair. Can't have raccoons slipping into the garage for the night, right? Should not be a deal breaker and your problem will be quickly solved, Mr. Gatewood!


nealtw 05-23-2013 03:06 PM

Villa; Not so fast, that is the answer if the foundation is high enough and it might be, but we don't know that. The brick and siding may be installed over concrete but if the wall is down that low then some thought has to be put into how to raise the floor and then on the outside could not be raised as secondary wall drainage has to be considered. The existing concrete around the outside corner would have to be removed so water would not get trapped next to the house.

JoeD 05-23-2013 04:17 PM

The house could also have shifted. I saw one once where they straightened out the siding but the foundation was sinking on the garage side of the house. It looked straight from the outside but inside the floors had a large slope to them.

CallMeVilla 05-23-2013 04:27 PM

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DOCTOR! We need those x-rays STAT! And more pics from Mr. Gatewood! :D

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