concrete foundation problem

Old 01-03-06, 03:53 PM
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concrete foundation problem

our house is about 3 years old and is backs up to a dry creek bed. there is a natural slope from the road down past our house to the creek.

the builder installed a french drain in front of the house to help drain heavy rains. the drain funnels the water around the house and out to the creekbed ~120 ft back.

Last year it rained very heavily (we're in san antonio) - my wife called me at work one morning reporting water in the garage. she thought it might be the hot water heater leaking. turns out that the water was seeping out of cracks in the garage floor. this only happened those 2 days of heavy raining - however, i don't want to sell this house and have the new buyers sue me for this.

I'm worried about what kind of damage is being done and what I can do about it. I seem to recall the builder saying we have a 5 yr warranty on the slab.

any suggestions/thoughts about what I should do?

Old 01-03-06, 08:02 PM
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concrete foundation problem

Go on record with the contractor to inform him of the occurance.

It is probably due to saturated soil under and around the garage. Apparently the drains did not surround the garage. Drain tile along the garage may help, but you certainly don't want to tamper with the driveway area unless absolutely necessary.

Since you ahve slope away from the house, it may be isolated occurance.


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