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Cracked foundation five days after pour

Discussion in 'Residential Foundation Codes' started by Weatherlite, May 14, 2018.

  1. Weatherlite

    Weatherlite Registered User

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    I'm having a home built by a very reputable builder. I'm one of those people who continually checks the job site...both to make sure things are done pee the plan, and just to get pictures to share with family and friends Saturday, I was taking a look and found two cracks.

    One crack on the garage outer wall side and the other on the opposite side of the house. Both go completely through the foundation wall and footer, mostly in a straightish line. Not diagonal or horizontal. Each crack about 1/8" wide. I reported it to my realtor, who brought it up to the builder this morning. Waiting for them to inspect and tell me what's going on. Today after work, I went to get more pictures and video and I found a third crack which definitely wasn't there Saturday! This one is in the inner garage wall. All three cracks are within four feet of each other distance wise from the front of the house, almost as if a great weight was pushing down on the front of the foundation and it broke right across the center.

    Other than the fill for the garage floor there is nothing else done. No wood attached yet. Nothing. To me, this seems SEVERELY messed up!! I could see a crack appearing years after, but not before the house is even built. I'm praying the builder tears it out and starts over, but I'm not holding out hope for that either.

    So, what's the concensus? Would it be wrong to build on a known cracked foundation? Is it common? Any insight is appreciated.
     
  2. conarb

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    A general rule is "all concrete cracks", I testified to that once and reappeared in front of the same judge many years later, when she saw me she stated "The one thing I've always remembered that you taught me was that all concrete cracks".

    That being said, attach some pictures of the cracks and we can probably tell you whether they look like a problem or not. At least two pictures, a macro of a crack, and an overall picture of the area, settlement cracks are a problem, drying cracks are generally not a problem.
     
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  3. cda

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    Since you are paying a little money for this

    Hire a structural engineer to look at the design and pour
     
  4. Weatherlite

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    Not sure why they're turned sideways but I'm sure they will still work. The one showing dirt is the side entrance door section of the garage
     
  7. Weatherlite

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    Footers

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    Wall forms

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    The pour

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  8. Weatherlite

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    Post pour

    I have just uploaded these images:
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  9. Weatherlite

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    Cracks didn't appear until after the garage was filled and packed Dump truck tracks show it backed up onto the front wall of the garage. Could that have done it?

    Also, these are the best pics for now. Do you need really close close-ups?
     
  10. conarb

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    No, it appears that they may be settlement cracks from improper compaction, ask your builder for a copy of the soils report, then call the geotech that performed the soils report and pay him to look at it, yes it does appear that you may have a problem, improper compaction is always a problem.
     
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    If this was virgin ground I'm going to guess there wasn't any soils report or compaction testing done prior to this pour. Probably wasn't required, either. Residential construction in other parts of the country is not like it is in California..

    I'm not there so I can't tell you for sure, but I'd bet decent money they broke it when they backed the truck in - if all the cracks are on one or two walls and within ~4' of each other like you say, either they put too much weight on it too soon or they poured it over a really soft spot that they didn't/couldn't see.

    Whatever caused it, if I was paying for it I'd make them fix it.
     
  12. mark handler

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    Is there reinforcing bars in the footings and stem wall?
     
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    Though not a cause of the cracking, with a all those surface voids you can tell it was not vibrated very well.
     
  14. conarb

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    I require test borings at all outside corners of a home, code or not is not the issue, minimum building practices require proper compaction, if it was caused by the truck the ground wasn't properly compacted for the foundation to crack.

    You do bring up a question though, where is this subdivision located? Since the OP is carefully observing construction maybe he can tell us, was all topsoil stripped and stockpiled and is the foundation built on existing soil under the topsoil or was compactable soil imported? We had a situation about 15 years ago in Texas where there was an organization of homeowners fighting a major builder, there were only two test borings for the entire subdivision and homes they were living in were settling all over the place.
     
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    I agree it could be compaction due to the crack in the wall and down to the footing. Back filling green concrete for sure can crack the wall. Big rocks or a concentrated bucket or dump truck load of soil dumped in the garage cavity can bump the green concrete causing a vertical crack.

    Noticed the foundation guys wet set the anchor bolts (ICE), and that there appears to be no portal hole straps attached to the foundation for the garage opening. Maybe using another way to get the portal hole framing passed. Simpson strong-tie maybe?
     
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    Structural engineer to advise???????
     
  17. conarb

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    No, soils engineer.
     
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    Ok,,

    Thought to look at the slab design and install??
     
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    Agree>>>:)
     
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    IMO, sounds and looks to be due to loads imposed on green concrete. The dump truck or piece of equipment they used to back fill most likely done the damage. I would go with the truck since the footing is crack also.

    I have also seen it look like that when over vibrated.
     

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