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Old 01-27-06, 11:31 AM
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We have recently moved in a home for rent to own. There are some cracks in the basement wall on the backyard side of the basement. The landlord said that he would "fix the leaks" before the actual perchase of the house. We are wondering what method would be best to fix these horizontal cracks only one leaks and I'm thinking the culpret is the drain in the backyard which is spouted out about 3 feet from the wall. The foundation of the home doesnt seem to be affected that much by these cracks. Any help would be appreciated!
 
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Old 01-27-06, 11:58 AM
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I would go with a pro on this one.
I'm on my second new house that developed a crack in the poured cement wall during the construction process.
I'm not sure what they used to fix, but it was some sort of injection method. It took 2-3 days to complete the process.

In both cases I never had a leak afterwords.
 
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You should have the foundation looked at by an engineer before buying the house. Normally, horizontal cracks are sign of a potential structural problem. If this is the case, you would not be looking at something as simple as caulking.

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First off Thank you guys for replying! Yeah we were going to have someone look at the place before we considerd buying it. I hope it doesnt create further damage I'm not very knowledgable on home Improvement though. So are these cracks really a bad thing? I have seen a few house with cracks simalar to these. Hopefully the wall won't cost a fortune to fix.
 
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Your cracks are narrow, so that is good. The direction of the cracks is unusual.

Since you are new to the house and do not know if they are fresh and you are considering buying it, a professional opinion would be a good investment.

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Old 01-29-06, 07:58 PM
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emacspy,

Assuming we are talking block, the cracking may be due to no vertical reinforcement (rebar) installed properly or backfilling without proper support.

Horizontal cracks would usually mean some soils are exerting pressure on the sidewalls. These could have occurred during backfilling or settling of the soil or saturated soils could be doing the damage. Regardless, this could be a major issue - expensive fix.

If this is a poured structure, again issues may be lack of proper rebar. As suggested by Concretemasonry - have this checked out before obligating yourself to a major problem. Whatever is suggested, ensure that the landlord does it per the specifications recommended.

Just a thought
 
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