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Old 04-06-2013, 05:53 PM   #16
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Even a layman should be able to see this house has some major expencive to fix issues.
I would have done a walk through and ran away.

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Old 04-08-2013, 06:55 PM   #17
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Even a layman should be able to see this house has some major expencive to fix issues.
I would have done a walk through and ran away.
Not sure how helpful that is except to inflate your ego but thanks!
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:08 PM   #18
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I think ultimately you need to find a professional that you trust. Realize that they add value to the resolution, and then hire them.

In my opinion, and doing a lot of concrete restoration, the columns are a "patch job" as your HI suggested.

I don't think your HI was far off.

Most likely water is the problem, and as somebody else suggested, water infiltration into the column is rusting some steel member. Either an embedded lally column, or embedded reinforcing. This is causing the concrete to pop.

Most times, this type of failure is fixable as the steel needs to be cleaned and coated to prevent further corrosion. Then patch the concrete bonding it to the existing.

I should say that this post should not represent instructions, you need to hire a professional.

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Old 04-09-2013, 05:16 PM   #19
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Thanks, I appreciate it! I guess I could've clarified...I was convinced both areas are having primarily water issues by a Structure & Foundation Professional whose opinion I feel trust in. He assured me these are ALL water issues NOT foundation settling issues and DO NOT need pressure grouting, pin piling, etc... That said:

Front Porch:
CAUSE: RESOLVED...WATER ISSUE.
FIX:
PARTIALLY RESOLVED:
I'm get bids from professionals to REPAIR i.e. chip away deteriorated concrete, clean, treat/replace re-bar & form new concrete. However, some recommend to REPLACE the entire columns with the following:
1) Similar entire new concrete columns with re-bar.
2) Solid steel posts (instead of re-bar) with a decorative outer shell.
or
3
) Aluminum.

If it's not too much trouble, I'd appreciate opinions on:
1) The different "REPLACE" options being presented to me.
2) "REPLACING" vs "REPAIRING" the columns.

Enclosed back patio:

CAUSE: RESOLVED...WATER ISSUE.
FIX (2 corners; inside & out): RESOLVED...REPAIR i.e. chip away deteriorated concrete, clean, treat/replace re-bar & form new concrete.
FIX (Roof-deck floor): OPEN: Without the mention fixing the cracks on the roof-deck floor first; local roofers have recommended the following:
1) Built-up roof systems with new flashing & drip edge.
2) "Waterproofing systems" like:
A) StableCrete
B) Sealoflex
C) Sonoguard
D) Vulkem® 350

If it's not too much trouble, I'd appreciate opinions on:
1) "BUR" vs "Waterproofing system".
2) The different "Waterproofing systems".
3) Whether or not it appears necessary to address the cracks on the roof-deck floor before applying new roofing system?

Thanks!

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