|This Old House
||[Apr. 24th, 2018|11:03 pm]
The Question Club
Hey gang, you seem to be pretty handy around the house! One of our home improvement projects this year was to replace the basement windows. One of them is a little leaky and it's this one that has me a bit worried. I noticed a crack in the foundation last week under the window and that the siding below the window is a little loose. I'm hoping it's just cosmetic, but a guy is going to come out tomorrow and look at it in case it's a real problem. The rep told me on the phone that windows are stress points for concrete foundations because they carve a chunk out of the wall. Anyway...have you ever had to do foundation repair on your house? How did that go? Horror stories ok!|
EDIT: The estimator came over and it was very educational. We've lived in this house for 15 years and I never noticed that the problem window is much bigger than the other two basement windows. He showed me where the wall was and basically the crack is in the mud that covers the foundation (he had a name for this - I can't remember). Water is getting in behind there and because it is exposed to the sun, it's the perfect mix for it to crack. All it would take to fall off is a hammer hit, apparently. He thought that the window was supposed to be at a different height or size - he said that the window guys would find out when they take the window out. Whew!