So, I've had the mifortune of discovering a crack in my foundation
I called in a foundation company and the guy explained that what's
likely happened is that the front of my garage settled and as it did
it pulled the precast stairs in the front of the house along with it,
and caused them to press into the foundation wall, causing a
It's kinda a two U shaped crack; where the crack starts at the top of
the wall, dips down to the pressure point, and then goes back up.
Cracks go down from the pressure point in a U shape in a similar way.
The wall bulges there EVER so slighty (almost unnoticeable)...
Of course, the foundation guy recommends excavating all along the
foundation along the crack to water proof. He recommends to excavate
under the precast stairs, and then around and under the garage floor
slab as illustrated in this picture:
Finally, he's recommended putting a steel reinforcement beam inside
the house to help brace up the crack and prevent the inward pressure
I haven't got the estimate just yet, but I have a bad feeling it's
gonna be a doozie..
My question is, since no water leaks in this crack yet, is it
reasonable to take a more limite approach such as installing the
reinforcement bar, and then simply monitoring the crack to see if it's
getting worse? I figure i could epoxy some overlapping plexiglass
plates to either side of the crack with a gridwork on one and
reference cross-hairs on the other; then just basically monitor the
two to see if there is movement.
I know that excavating, water proofing from the outside, and then
backfilling with well drained pea-gravel is the "right thing to do",
but this is my first home and I'm not exactly in a position to shell
out for a major repair such as this.
Any opinions are welcome...