Cracked slab -- Urgent problem, or can I ignore it for a year or two?
January 29, 2014 2:31 PM Subscribe
I think my house has a cracked slab. We will be able to afford a repair of $20K or so (which sounds pretty standard for foundation repair from what I've read so far) in a month once my husband receives his bonus for this year. We had a lot of other plans for that money though, and I'm hesitant to postpone them unless absolutely necessary. How rapidly does a situation like this generally worsen? Is the repair likely to be much more expensive if we wait a year or more?
posted by lmpatte2 to Home & Garden (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I live in Houston, and being that this is our first home, my husband and I didn't realize it was important to water our slab during the big drought Texas had a while back until after our house started showing symptoms of a foundation problem (about 8 months ago). We haven't had a structural engineer come out to officially diagnose our problem, partly because I'm just terrified to hear the estimate, and also because the evaluation itself runs about $400. Our house is 22 years old, and we lived in it for 5 years without issue. Within the last 8 months, several cracks in the drywall have appeared, an upstairs bedroom door stopped closing easily (I have to slam it with my hip to get it to close), and a 12 foot long crack in the grout between the kitchen tile appeared. (The crack in the grout is only about 1/16 of an inch wide, but it is quite visible.) Does this sound like a problem that needs to be addressed immediately?