crumbing concrete around basement windows


Old 07-07-01, 09:02 PM
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We have a newly built home (6 mos old) and the concrete around the basement windows on the outside is crumbling and breaking away so much so that you can now see exposed metal. Also, there are five windows and nearly all of the windows have formed cracks off the corners. Is there something we can do/use to prevent further crumbling of the concrete around the outside of the windows? We're afraid when winter approaches any moisture settling in around the windows will cause further damage.....
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Old 07-07-01, 09:16 PM
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From your description, I can't quite tell whether you have a problem or not. If the aluminum window frame was cast into the foundation wall when it was poured, then a small layer of concrete probably covered the frame. But this isn't important. If all that's breaking away is a thin layer of concrete (say about 1/4" or less) on the window frame, then I think you have no problem.

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Old 07-08-01, 07:17 AM
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I agree with John. You have told us nothing that would raise alarm. The cracks at the corners are settling cracks, very normal with concrete. If it is really bothering you, go to your Home Improvement store and and buy a product called Concrete Patch, made by Stone Mason.
It comes in a tube, and used for cracks and such in concrete. A really good product.

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