We had a sump pump system installed yesterday. I overheard the workers
discussing that they had chipped the foundation footing by mistake
wile installing the sump. The head installer said that the hole they
dug for the sump pump came too close to the footing so the other
installer chipped out a 7 inch notch into the footing to allow the
sump barrel to be installed. Basically it seems he would not have done
it that way, but he wasn't on the site the first day of the job when
one of the other workers did it.
Does this sound like something that might cause problems later on? Can
this sort of thing be repaired?
IMHO, you will not suffer any harm to the load bearing capacity
of the footing.
I'm sure the supervisor's comment was more along the lines of:
I know footings can come out about this far. I wouldn't have
tried installing here because I wouldn't want to have to dig down
through a concrete footing for this install because it will take
longer and is harder on the equipment.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
The water the sump pump will get rid of is more of a danger to the
foundation than that little 7-inch half-moon would ever be. As long as they
mudded around the top of the barrel correctly so water doesn't run under and
wash out the footer, you have nothing to worry about. Unless sump barrel is
right up against the wall, you have real wide footers anyway. More common is
3-4 inches showing under the block or poured wall.
You wont notice anything for a few years. Eventually the wall next to
the sump will begin cracking as it creeps into the soil under the
cracked foundation, and the wall will begin to tip inward. Eventually
the wall will need replacement along with the footing. They probably
also crushed the drain tiles along the footings, so be prepared for
water seeping in the walls all around the basement. All of this will
lead to very costly repairs, probably in the $25,000 to $40,000 range,
depending on the size of the house. I suggest you sell the house
On 14 Aug 2004 09:02:09 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (JeffSTL71) wrote:
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