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What could be the cause of cracks between inside foundation slab and the wall?

I live in Houston, and the heavy rain yesterday flooded my den due to cracks between the inside slab and the wall. I think the problem was the rapidly rising water around my house got to the soil below the foundation. I sealed the inside cracks but not sure if this solved the real problem, but I don't know what the real problem is. Should I call someone to look at my landscaping or foundation? I really need help on this one.

Asked By: gissandaner2 - 10/17/2006
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if your house has perimiter 'weeping tile' installed it may be all silted up, solution is to dig around the foundation down to the footing and replace... nasty job to do yourself, and fairly expensive to have done. If you never had the problem before, take a look at your foundation wall - is there a gap between the... More
Answered By: BrettO - 10/25/2006
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Defintely call a professional. This could be fixed with an indoor or outdoor french drain.. but it could be the sign of serious issues.
Answered By: HomePapa - 10/18/2006
 
Call a pro but you can also try building up the landscaping at the base of the foundation and grading it away from the house
Answered By: Brian G - 10/22/2006
 
ground is settling,may be due to excessive rain amounts
Answered By: sloride502 - 10/22/2006
 
I saw good answers there. Your best beds: 1. move water away from the house as much as possible. 2. Seal the cracks. 3. If you find it OK next time it rains. Do not do anything else. 4. If not. Call pros to seal it from outside with lifetime guarantee. It will be expensive!
Answered By: hmm97 - 10/23/2006
 
It may be the age of your house, when was it built? It maybe termites its hard 2 say
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Answered By: tony l keeter59 - 10/23/2006
 
well it could be a lot of things. your foundation continually shifts, and can crack depending on how it shifts. i would think you would want to start with having someone check your foundation, see if it's repairable or what the damage is, landscaping can help keep water back, but it's not really helping with the real... More
Answered By: vixen0babs - 10/23/2006
 
Yes I would call someone. It sounds like these were not tide togeather. You shouldn't of had cracks between the inside slab and the wall. You really need a perfessional. I would have someone look at your foundation. It sounds to me like they didn't do the concrete right. for you to have a slab inside. and to the wall.
Answered By: chris e - 10/25/2006
 
Your foundation sits atop a footing and the floor does not. It is not uncommon for a "space" which you are calling a crack, to open between the wall and floor, especially if the wall is made of cinderblock... More
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Answered By: MBC - 10/25/2006
 
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