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Old 06-01-2011, 01:59 PM   #1
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We are in the process of buying this home in northern Ohio. The home inspector mentioned that there was about a 6 foot span in the foundation where the top row of block was separating a bit. He made it sound like it was not a big deal and the by the way the mortar looked, it probably happened at the time the home was built. I called a foundation contractor to take a look, hes going to charge me $150 for a verbal and $175 for a written report. That seems steep to me. Just wondering if any of you had experienced a similar situation with block foundation. Thanks



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Old 06-01-2011, 04:18 PM   #2
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I have investigated several similar problems in the past on behalf of individuals who either owned a house, or were thinking of buying a house. I am a professional engineer, so of course I stamp my reports. My cost is considerably higher than the cost you were quoted. Whether or not that is excessive, consider that you are hiring someone because you don't know if there really is a problem, else you would do the inspection and report yourself. So you are relying on whomever you hire to give you sound advice.

If there really is a problem, it could cost you many thousands of dollars to fix it, so a few hundred up front sounds pretty fair to me.

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Old 06-01-2011, 06:49 PM   #3
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we see this all the time - the reason that mortar joint has opened is due to lateral exterior soil pressure causing the wall to lean - IN,,, since the wall isn't flexible, it cracks.

typically, the repair is placing a steel beam vertically to prevent further movement but, as the top of the beam is normally attached to the floor joists, that just transfers the force to your main floor ( never like this method ! ) look on our w/site for an engineered strengthening system which will be invisible,,, its a chicago pro engineer design from about 30yrs ago as far as i know,,, if you can't appreciate/justify the contractgor's price ( cheap to me ), renting a professional engineer ( $ 500 ) will knock your socks off,,, there's also exterior work that we do using this system.

your home inspector is a dufus as are most who buy computer word packages,,, IF you want the work inspected/evaluated/diagnosed properly, retain someone ( like dan ) who can go into court w/accepted bona fides,,, this damage MIGHT have occurred when the home's walls were laid but i doubt it,,, to prove this point, lay a 4' level up onto the crack & measure the wobble - do you think this house would have sold w/that defect when new ?
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@Daniel thanks for the reply! I'm a first time home buyer and wasn't sure about that inspection price. Thanks for setting me straight!

@itsreallyconc Thanks for the structural info, I have done alot of research and according to all references, this inspector was the best in my area. (i guess this doesn't say much about the Toledo area)
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find someone like dan or me i've bought houses in worse condition - good luck !
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