I just purchased my first home and I have some serious foundation
issues. The basement was constucted with concrete blocks. I have large
cracks(one is about 1/2 inch thick), mostly horizontal. The cause of
the problems appear to be lack of gutters on the house and poor
landscaping, which I plan to fix very soon. I am looking for cheap
ways of preventing the problem from getting worse.
The previous owner constructed 3 interior walls, also made of concrete
blocks, running perpendicular to the exterior walls to support them.
My home inspector said that he had never seen this technique used
before to enforce the exterior walls, but that it seemed like a good
idea. The one wall that is not reinforced this way is the one with the
My questions are, Has anybody ever seen or used this technique before?
Is it good or bad? Should I build a wall to support the 4th exterior
I hope you factored a lot of money into this when you bought the place.
Personally, I either would have gotten a huge discount, or walked.
Instead of putting up more walls in the basement, which must be an
unusable maze by now after the half-assed attempt to deal with the
problem by the owner, why not just fix the source of the problem?
Gutters aren't very expensive. Nor is the average re-grading around a
house if you do most of the work yourself.
The bottom line is you need to fix the real problem, not try to put
bandaids on it. With a foundation that has 1/2" cracks, I'd get a
structural engineer in to give an opinion. That should have been done
before you bought the place.
you wouldn't have to build a wall to shore it up...you could pour
pilasters, basically a column of reinforced concrete against the
blocks. you would need some knowledge of concrete and rebar. if i was
doing it to my own house, i wouldn't hire an engineer. i'd just
overbuild it. that's what engineers do anyway. and definitely fix
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