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Old 12-18-2006, 07:50 PM   #16
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This is what my husband and I have decided to do. We are going to put a bid in on the house, but under these conditions. The seller agrees to pay for a structural engineer to evaluate the basement. If the foundation checks out ok, then we will go ahead with a regular home inspector and the sale of the house. If the foundation appears to be faulty or cracking in anyway, then we are pulling out of the deal. We've heard that it could cost anywhere up to 80,000 dollars to fix a crumbling foundation. YIKES!!

Thanks again for all your opinions and advice. It is much appreciated!! I will let you know what becomes of this.

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Old 12-18-2006, 08:06 PM   #17
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Im not an expert but I'll take a stab at some things and you can throw it around with everything else you have heard so far. as far as the tape on pipes...it may be to cover up old asbestos which in reality is no big deal if you leave it alone. It looks like it is wrapped pretty thoroughly. Find out if the pipes that are wrapped are copper or not. If they arent copper they will likely in the future need replacing and then disturbing asbestos becomes an issue. The walls look to have mildew on them in places and source should be traced,ie, is it something as simple as exterior grading and or adding gutters? There is a sump pump in the basement so obviously water was an issue in someones mind. The gap around floor/wall looks intentional and is quite common in areas where there is a high water table. I have one in my house. There is probably a drain system buried in stone somewhere under that gap that leads to sump pump. Go to house on a really rainy day if you can and lsiten to sump pump. Does it go on intermittantly or is it constantly humming. In the northeast the water table is usually highest in spring and you may not be able to get an accurate piscture of what is occuring at this time of year. Are the appliances on the floor lightly speckled with rust at the base or are they thoroughly mottled? Is there mold on the wood above your head? Proceed with caution.
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Old 12-18-2006, 09:20 PM   #18
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I admit there are some "non-standard" types of concrete that do not shrink. I worked with shrinkage compensating cement in the early 1970's. Unfortunately, it still has not been successful enough to be very common or popular. We had probelems with the durability of the shrinkage compensating cement. It would be great if this type of concrete could become common.

Some old drainage systems rely of a gap between the wall or foundation and the slab. These older systems were abandoned because they did not supply enough horizontal resistance to restrain wall with excessive soil pressures. Few wall move enough to take advantage of the restraint, but it always there to prevent a collapse.

Even today, many waterproofing contractors will leave short sections of slabs in place for insurance while sawing and excavating for installing drain tile in existing basements.

Based on the age of the house and the general practices for the 1920's it would be difficult to say whether it was an original slab or one that may have been added a few years later. Several of the photos incated what appeared to be a coarse aggregate in the gap and not sand or dirt. Because of this, it appears to be intentional.

Whatever the case, the basement has seen it share of moisture through the years.
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It's quite common when its needed. Type k concrete is much more expensive and is not needed in most applications, therefore its not commonly used.
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Thanks again for all the feedback. It is soooo valuable to me. Furiousstyles, I have addressed the questions you proposed to the listing agent and hopefully he will get back to me tomorrow. For those of you that want to see the rest of house, here ya go:

http://new.photos.yahoo.com/russandr...60762378090381

Sorry, but for some reason they aren't showing up. I'm working on it. Bare with me. I will post again when it's working.

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Old 12-19-2006, 02:46 PM   #21
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Ok, this link should work! Sorry about the old one.

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