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Old 12-01-2011, 04:25 PM   #1
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A couple of yrs. ago my neighbor took down the trees on the border of our property (I live in the city and we are close) last yr. I noticed a very apparent horizontal crack going all the way across the back of my basement (where the trees were) I had 5 people come look & recommended (anchors or...) to keep on eye on it. I re-routed my gutters & sealed crack with hydrolic (sp?!) cement. It recently poured for 2 days... Today...after 1 week, I re-checked & crack has re- appeared! My neighbors gutter down spouts are aimed directly where the biggest cracks are occurring... Help!!! What do I do???? Damn! I've had nightmares over my walls caving in the first time....

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Send us a picture.
Is this block, pored concrete, stone ect. ?

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Old 12-01-2011, 04:40 PM   #3
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Hey Joe, sorry no camera ( I'm a little old school myself! ) It's block & the house was built in 73...
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:43 PM   #4
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Ps... never waterproofed... I've had it treated a couple of times....
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:48 PM   #5
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A block foundation, never been water proofed, (it's done on the outside not the inside if you want it to work) and a down spout dumping againt it.
Sure ways to have it fail.
It builds up hydo static pressure againt the outside of the wall and there's nothing on the inside to stop it from moving in.
Block walls crack all the time, Has anyone set a streight edge againt the wall to see if it's bowed in?
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My neighbors gutter down spouts are aimed directly where the biggest cracks are occurring...
Ayuh,... Ya gotta do whatever it takes to divert the water, before it gets to the house...

Cut a swale, regrade, Whatever...
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:05 PM   #7
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Yes dear... noticeable bow ( not huge... noticable....) .... I suck! & 2 noted places to myself to keep an eye on. What do you think?
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Lol...WTf is a swale? Come on know... I'm a single chick...
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By the way, no possibilities to be done on the outside... too much man power, time & money... just saying...
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Lol...WTf is a swale?
Classy, real classy!

A swale is a depression in the soil, kind of like an open culvert or a diversion to take away water.

Don't feel bad...my spell-check doesn't know what it is either.
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99% of basement problums are caused from something going on outside not inside.
Working gutters, leads away from the house, proper slope of grade away from the house, no flower beds or mulch up againt the house.
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Dude.. you just made me feel bad about the classy part!
Dudette...something tells me you are over it already.

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are you anywhere where you can check it out????
Nope not at all close. I would like to return to Asheville one day, beautiful country. Been to Maggie Valley a few times but that was years ago, many years ago.
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You need to put a straight-edge on the wall, from top to bottom, along with a level to check for plumb before anyone here can even give you an "un-educated" guess as to how bad it really is.

I will say this though, I've seen (and repaired) some seriously deflected basement walls, but have only once actually seen one foundation first-hand that collapsed before ti was repaired. Not saying to forget about it, just relax a little bit.

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