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Old 11-24-2013, 09:26 AM   #1
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Looking at buying a house and the front stair case (concrete) is splitting from the house. The front step is sunk down and the top stair has split from the homes foundation. These stairs measure 6 feet wide x (top stair) 3.5 feet tall, there are 7 steps each measure about 7"

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How much do you guys think this would cost to fix give or take? Is it something that could be repaired or would I need all new stairs? That gap between the string and the front of the house is very small about .5" or so.


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Pricing questions do not end well here. Way to may variables.
You would really need someone on site to look at it.
Main reason these sink is improper prep work done under the slab.
One way to lift is with what's called mud jacking.
Google it. It's not a DIY type job.

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Pricing questions do not end well here. Way to may variables.
You would really need someone on site to look at it.
Main reason these sink is improper prep work done under the slab.
One way to lift is with what's called mud jacking.
Google it. It's not a DIY type job.
Ahh thanks for the info on mudjacking I will definitely look into that. This particular house had a huge tree fall on the corner of the home and it was empty at the time it sat with a hole in the roof for atleast 2 months. Then the bank sent in a contractor to put a new roof on the home. Now the house has a musty smell but also the hvac has not ran in the home in years and someone said to me that all homes will have a musty odor if no hvac has been run. I hope its not mold. Could there be any damage to the walls/foundation if there was a hole in the roof from raining? I was thinking about buying one of those DIY mold test kits. I bought one for my current home and someone told me that they are inaccurate because they will pick up everything and all homes have some trace of mold. I ran the test and sent it to the lab and got these results back.


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Old 11-24-2013, 10:30 AM   #4
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You DO want the stairs to slope away from the house a bit so that any water runs away from the house and not into it. 1/2" doesn't sound unreasonable.

My concern would be the musty smell. Yes, a closed up house will tend to develop an odor but did they remediate any water damage from when the roof was holed. The insulation, sheetrock, subfloors can all trap water.
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