Cinder Block rotting!


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Old 05-30-06, 10:30 AM
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Cinder Block rotting!

My wife and myself are trying to redo our house which was the house my wife grew up in. This house has been getting water in the basement ever since she can remember. The foundation is cinder block and is a total mess with mold and eflorensence covering much of the interior of the wall. So, in order to stop the water we found someone who deals with this type of work and has a business on the side to do the work. He was found through a friend and comes highly recommended. So after doing an estimation walk and talking with him we decided to go with the standard clean, patch and seal and then use J-Drain around the whole foundation which will deliver all the water directly to the footing drains he's installing (the house had none). Everything sounded great up to this point and I was happy with his knowledge and expertise of the situation. When he started to dig he had uncovered some problems. First of all, the block was never sealed as we suspected but to our dismay we found out that regular blocks were used instead of corner blocks and that in all corners the blocks were disintergrating. No wonder so much water was entering the house! His solution is to fill in the voids in the block with cement and stucco the whole exterior of the walls and then do the rest as we agreed upon. My question is: should he use rebar in the voids of decaying block to make those corners as strong as possible? Is his way of fixing this correct? What would be the best way to fix this? He has promised me that I will never get water again. I just want to make sure that my foundation will be sound and secure. All replies are appreciated.
 
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Old 05-30-06, 10:33 AM
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Sorry for the double post! Please delete this one, moderator.
 
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Old 05-30-06, 09:32 PM
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Sounds good to me
 
 

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