Advise needed on condition of concrete foundation wall


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Old 11-23-16, 08:40 AM
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Advise needed on condition of concrete foundation wall

I would be interested to have your opinion on the condition of this wall (see picture). It's affecting about 4 feet on the outside of the mostly above ground wall. The rest of the wall is visually fine. It looks like it was an older wall. I am not sure if this is serious or if I could just leave it like that. The basement is finished so I can't see the inside. It's a old house (1920). Thanks
 
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Old 11-23-16, 09:00 AM
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It's hard to tell from the picture but it looks like the parge coating has come off.
Does the water fall from the roof there ?
Do you know what that wall is made of.... block, stone ??
 
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Old 11-23-16, 09:37 AM
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Thank you. From my knowledge the wall was made of poured concrete. Yes the water could fall in as it's under a part of the roof that has no gutter. Definitely looks like some coating has come off but it's also bulging from the rest of the wall.
 
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What happens if you peck at it with a hammer? does it come off in powdery pieces or solid chunks [if you hit hard enough]
 
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Old 11-30-16, 01:24 PM
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It would not come off easily. It's quite strong. Not so powdery as well. Beside this part, the rest of the wall around looks fine.
 
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It sounds like it's still sound. While it's probably ok as is, I'd stucco over it to make it look a little nicer and then paint it to match the rest.
 
 

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