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Old 06-04-2012, 06:44 PM   #1
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appologies in advance if this is the wrong place to be asking this question, but the following photos were taken recently of a building my family owns, it is a very old building with a stone foundation which has been leaking like a sieve, and it appears the wall on this side is buckling (shadows as reference seem to confirm this)
should we be concerned?
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:00 PM   #2
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What are we supposed to be looking at? Is the foundation possibly rolling inward? If you are looking for a solution I would suggest a local engineer to inspect it.

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A picture of the foundation from inside of the building would be useful---

I suggest calling in an engineer or foundation specialist.

The drainage on that side of the building may be a big part of the problem--along with cars parking close to the foundation---

You have a unique building there--someone needs to be on site to asses the failure and suggest a plan to stabilize the foundation.
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it is a very old building
how old is it? and is the wall solid masonry ? how thick?
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i'ts almost 100 years old, and yes it's solid, apparently 3 layers thick, i unfortunately can't get a shot of the interior of the foundation because the basement is entirely finished and thus covered with walls.
however the rate at which water comes into the basement could be measured in gallons per minute, enough that we burned out more than one shop vac trying to keep up with the inflow of water.
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I cant see any bowing from the pics but sounds like you at least need a big sump pump
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yeah it's hard to see from the photos, but looking at it in person the bowing is appreciable, perhaps an inch or two from flush which only appeared relatively recently.
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however the rate at which water comes into the basement could be measured in gallons per minute,
If it's gallons per minute, could it be a fractured water main/drain somewhere near? Leakage from pipes can cause erosion of the soil under one side of the foundation, causing the wall to lean towards that side.
You really need to consider stripping some of the walls to see where the water is coming in, and get a surveyor/engineer to have a look at it, particularly if the lean is recent.
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If it's gallons per minute, could it be a fractured water main/drain somewhere near? Leakage from pipes can cause erosion of the soil under one side of the foundation, causing the wall to lean towards that side.
You really need to consider stripping some of the walls to see where the water is coming in, and get a surveyor/engineer to have a look at it, particularly if the lean is recent.
no it's not a water main, it only leaks when it rains really hard, or there is a lot of snow melt.
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If the foundation was failing you would see it in the brick. All that water getting down there cant be good tho. I would def have a structural engineer take a look.

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