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Need Opinion on Porch Foundation

Posted by ahineman (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 31, 14 at 9:04

We need some help. We have hired a builder for new home construction in Western KS. We have a worry about our porch foundation. Our basement had a 3' over dig and the porch spans that area. Where there was over dig, it settled tremendously and there is a void under the patio. Naturally I am very worried that the porch is going to settle over time and cause sever structural damage. In fact, there is already a crack forming in the porch cap. There were 3' footings dug down for the entire porch perimeter so almost all of that sits on undisturbed soil except the 3' that spans the over-dig. Furthermore, the builder stacked cinder blocks up next to the basement foundation so the porch footer sits on those as well. The porch is about 10' deep and 16' long. Can anyone please look at our pictures and project and tell me if we have a problem? Our builder says no. Our city inspector says yes. Here are the pictures: http://www.spencerflightcenter.com/images/attachment180.jpeg http://www.spencerflightcenter.com/images/attachment182.jpeg http://www.spencerflightcenter.com/images/attachment183.jpeg http://www.spencerflightcenter.com/images/attachment184.jpeg Thanks in advance!!


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RE: Need Opinion on Porch Foundation

That "porch" will eventually settle, fall, whatever term you would like to use but that is not a good situation.


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RE: Need Opinion on Porch Foundation

Air is an inadequate support for a building. You need a new foundation down to undisturbed soil or a tamped base. And pronto!

Listen to the inspector's advice.


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RE: Need Opinion on Porch Foundation

Inspector trumps builder. No more money for him until he fixes that correctly.


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RE: Need Opinion on Porch Foundation

The inspector is right, and presumably won't sign off on your final foundation inspection until it's fixed. The contractor shouldn't get paid until the inspection is signed off if your contract is written reasonably.


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RE: Need Opinion on Porch Foundation

Air is an inadequate support for a building.

That is one of the best comments I've ever heard.


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RE: Need Opinion on Porch Foundation

Thanks for the input and feedback. I think I will get an engineer to inspect it.

Surprisingly enough, I've talked to 3 contractors and 1 thinks I have a real issue but the other two think I may be ok.

Anyone else want to weigh in?

Thanks!


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RE: Need Opinion on Porch Foundation

We did.......


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