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Old 09-03-2014, 01:02 PM   #1
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HELP with worn block foundation repair and needed follow-up

When I first moved into my house I noticed (building inspector didn't in Feb.) the following summer that some of the block foundation is wearing out with some small cracks, mostly on the northern side due to a poor grade and drainage around the house. Having no money cause I just bought a house I pulled back the dirt, cleaned the block, removed loose material, and patched/repaired the worn exterior and cracks with Hydraulic Water-Stop Cement. It appears to be holding up very well in the areas that I can see. I also improved the grade and redirected the drainage.

Northwest Corner Outside

Northwest Corner Inside

Northern side

The problem is I then used BlackJack's Foundation paint and sealer to paint the above ground portions of my foundation along with about 1 block below grade. It states that you can use it above and below grade.

It is also important to note that there was a concrete slab that drained towards the home on the west side near the NW corner, which had worn a hole through the block. I have since removed the slab and patched the hole. The crack on the NW corner has reappeared, but very hair thin 2 years later.

As for the paint, I followed the directions perfectly. 2 years later the paint is peeling, not in flakes. looks like the northern side is too moist and it is shedding the paint sealer.

So what do I do now? Go back to digging and add an asphalt sealer to the entire side? remove as much paint as I can and redo it?
What about the crack that's reappeared? More photos to come.


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