Foundation Repair - Interior?


We purchased a home about a year and a half ago that had previous foundation issues. The previous owner had paid for foundation repair on two prior occassions spending over $12,000. I had assumed that this house would be better than new since the home now has 24 piers to keep the home from shifting. After living here for a while, we have began having cracks appearing in the walls and ceilings on one side of the house. Most of these cracks are very small but annoyingly noticeable (less than 1/16" wide). At what point shall we assume that we have a problem vs normal settling? Is there any way to cover these many cracks that will hold for a while? Thanks.
Joe
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ya, cover them with paneling.
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Im in several near 100 year old houses, NO settling, your issue needs and enginer to prove your case of your bad ground
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Joe B. wrote:

foundation wall, but they don't have a lot of lateral strength. Proper repair is usually to support that side of the house on jacks and cribbing, dig out the whole wall down to the footer, and build back with proper sealing and drainage.
Step one is to get an engineer in there for a site survey, and give him as much of the previous history as you are aware of. I suspect you are in for a whole lot of repairs. No point doing anything upstairs till the downstairs has a clean bill of health. If the foundation repairs were listed on the disclosure forms when you bought, you are probably SOL on recovering anything from previous owner. Maybe your insurance will cover part of it. 2 separate attempts to repair are not a good sign- competent companies usually get it right the first time.
I ran across a couple houses like that when I was house shopping. One had it carefully hidden behind paneling. Bowing was right below a frost-heaved front patio that had multiple layers of caulk and tar at the foundation joint that obviously ponded every time it rained. I gave the real estate agent a tour of that one, explaining what was going on, in case they had any ethics. A hint for others reading this- when going to open houses, always start in the basement. Any problems, usually best to walk away before you fall in love with the place. IMHO, Life Is Too Short to deal with the problems OP is probably facing.
-- aem sends...
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In Texas, these "settling" problems are commmon. Every house that I have owned (three) has had some cracks in the concrete foundation and a crack here and there in the sheetrock. I usually retape the sheetrock and paint over it which will last for a year or two..
In this situation, I am uncomfortable because the house has had previous repairs and the cracks that are popping up are numerous. I've covered several of them with and they have reappeared very quickly. The previous owner did disclose this info and I have lifetime warranties from the foundation company although I do not believe that they would admit fault with their earlier repairs. I suspect that they will suggest additional expensive repairs.
I would prefer to fix these cracks in the most permanent way possible and sell the home (with full disclosure of course). We had bought this home with the expectation of living here only 2-3 years and we will be there soon. I want to repair and cover these problems and feel that I have some obligation to ensure that they are not getting worse.
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Joe

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You can buy a flexible sheetrock repair material that you spray on. It is made to hide cracks. I bought a bottle to test out and it is like spraying latex. Whether it will work I don't know but for problem sheetrock areas it is an interesting concept.

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