What's going to happen here (foundation)

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by pseudosun, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,673

    Do you have the knowledge to build a retaining wall? If not I'd just cut the grass.
  2. dnc19694339

    dnc19694339 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 208

    that wood is not doing anything anyways. pull it out and get rid of it, be alot easier to mow
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    If it stayed as it is now,,, you'd be fine... the danger is once it starts to ERODE...

    I agree with everyone else who says to clean it up... :)
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,667

    Emergency...call a lawyer. The left house cut away the earth to level their lot. After freezing and thawing and a bit of erosion, and after a heavy rain that makes that clay soil about like jello, (only less stiff), the slab the right house is sitting on will be undermined and begin to sag downward. The sag of a couple inches or so will crack the floor, crack the plaster, and the off center effects will cause the doors and windows to go off-square...they won't open or close right anymore. The cost to get under the slab and jack it up, remove soil and add cement to remedy the situation is in the many thousands.

    Talk to the left side house...its probably their wall and their builder who did this shoddy work...and they are the ones who will be sued.
    If you dug a 6 foot deep hidden garden 3 feet from your neighbor's house, and used wood that was sure to rot after 5 years and didn't support it according to published engineering standards. And didn't get a building permit--who would be in trouble?

    Obviously, there is a 2X10 board already missing, the posts are no longer straight, but leaning to the left, and some of soil has already migrated to the left. If you have any heavy rains where you are located(LOL)! A lot more soil will move soon. The gas pipes might be broken. The air conditioner will go off-level (if not already). This is a job for a professional retaining wall outfit--considering that there is a chance for major damage.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2013
  5. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Messages: 925

    Yeah, on second look both homes should probably be demolished and re-built.
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Are you a Pro-Sue-Happy-Lawyer too???
    Most of Georgia and even moreso Detroit,,, should be demolished and rebuilt...

    I remember when Detroit was the model city for a Brave New World Order, praised by the United Nations and other socialist ne'er-do-wells... I wonder if it was the sue-everybody attitude that destroyed it???
  7. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Messages: 925

    I might need to have my sarcasm meter checked. :laugh:

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