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Very moist and damaged half foundation wall

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:10 pm
by badali
Hello,

It just thawed out after a very long cold stretch and I discovered a very wet floor in my cold cellar. The cellar was framed and drywalled by the previous owner and I cut out the drywall to discover the lower part of the half-foundation wall to be badly damaged.

Its clear someone tried to break off part of it - and its basically dirt over there for a four foot section and only a small area is parged.

There is even a hole in one part which is quite deep.

Anyone have suggestions? I assume I need to call a professional but what are the possible solutions?

The room isn't particularly important to me but I don't want to end up with a serious foundation problem.

Re: Very moist and damaged half foundation wall

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:23 am
by Shannon
Is that actually just exposed dirt under the old foundation?
If so someone dug the basement deeper and did not underpin or shelf it with concrete . That is not good.

Re: Very moist and damaged half foundation wall

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:44 am
by badali
Yes, I think it's dirt! Seems bad... do you think I can get someone to just come and rebuild it?

Re: Very moist and damaged half foundation wall

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:40 pm
by DanM
It's possible to fix it but it's not gonna be easy, and of course that means it ain't gonna be cheap. All that dirt needs to get dug out, then new footings need to get poured, and a proper foundation wall needs to go from the new footings to that old foundation wall. If they dug the whole basement down than this problem likely goes all the way around the house. It's a catastrophic failure waiting to happen. Rain will erode and wash away that dirt, then nothing is supporting that foundation and it's only a matter of time until a part of it sinks/collapses. I would recommend contacting a few foundation repair companies asap to come out and take a look and give you quotes.

Re: Very moist and damaged half foundation wall

Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:29 pm
by badali
Got 3 quotes... these guys all said different things so it's hard to know what to believe.

The main common thing they said was that the hole should definitely be plugged up.

Guess it's time to get more oppinions.