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Old 09-12-2011, 11:24 AM   #1
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This house has a large backyard patio that has enormous cracks in it, some and inch wide or more just a disaster. The front yard is almost entirely paved in concrete, and it is heavily cracked, although the cracks are not so wide.
The living room floor you cannot tell because it is covered over with laminate flooring. Do you guys think this house has foundation problems? There is a building near by that we looked at (about 1/4 mile away) that was found by building inspector to have foundation problems.
This house is located in Costa Mesa, CA

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Old 09-12-2011, 11:33 AM   #2
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This house has a large backyard patio that has enormous cracks in it, some and inch wide or more just a disaster. The front yard is almost entirely paved in concrete, and it is heavily cracked, although the cracks are not so wide.
The living room floor you cannot tell because it is covered over with laminate flooring. Do you guys think this house has foundation problems? There is a building near by that we looked at (about 1/4 mile away) that was found by building inspector to have foundation problems.
This house is located in Costa Mesa, CA
Sounds like 2 different Issues here.the house foundation was permitted.soils quality compression strenght were know at plan check and your area.
The Patio flat work was done after the house and likely not permitted or inspected.the failure of the flat work,is placement of expansion joints,compaction of finish grade,materials used for compaction etc.
best to get a bobcat in and dump truck...bust it out and do it right this time round.

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Old 09-12-2011, 12:10 PM   #3
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The patios have nothing to do with the foundation. What you have is someone attempting to go cheap by not wanting to care for a yard. I would tear it up, and put down a plan in landscaping for both the front and back yards. As for the interior of the home, what brought up the short uninformative question about the laminate flooring?
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Is this a house you are thinking of purchasing or your present home?

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Given the location being that it's in Costa Mesa, CA, are you thinking it might've been damaged in an earthquake?
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Is the house on a crawlspace? Does it have a basement? If it has neither, has someone dug down the side of the house to examine the fotings/foundation?
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The house is most likely on a slab, 95% of houses around here are.
I'm gathering that a absolutely horrible concrete patio and driveway do not necessarily prove house foundation problems. But do they make it more likely? Also since a building inspector can't dig or cut holes, I doubt he can verify the condition of the foundation. I can't afford a soil engineer.
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A soils engineer wouldn't do you any good at this point anyway.

Have you noticed anything wrong on the inside?

Ahh, wait...you can't say what it is like on the inside because you can't get in there.

Thinking of buying?

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No we heard rumors that the former resident was a pack rat (ugh) which might explain the quick paint job, and also there is an electric utility pole In the back yard. So that, plus foundation suspicions we walked.

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