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My house is on a slab. Should the foundation extend to cover

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My house is on a slab. Should the foundation extend to cover the brick veneer outer wall?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

What is currently supporting the brick?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Nothing. Trying to get a picture to send. Bear with me :)
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can you see the pictures?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
On further inspection, it may be that a part of a block under the brick may be missing.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

Is it really just hanging out in space like that?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Brick veneer is, inside the garage about 5" of block showing.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

There has to be something supporting it. An angle or something. It can't be literally hanging in space.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
See the 265 jpg.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

I see it, but something has to be holding it up that isn't seen. Something has to hold it up. It can't defy gravity.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What if it was filled or they put down a board or something when they laid the brick? Whatever is no longer there. The mortar will hold it for a while, correct?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

If at all, it wouldn't hold for long.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
is it a builder fault, or something to do with the drainage? The house is 9 years old, I've lived here since it was built.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

That's a very bad detail.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Which one?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sorry but I don't understand which detail.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

temporarily supporting the brick and then removing the support. that's really not good. I would dig down someplace and look closer at that gap.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I was asking if the temporary support was how they laid the brick in the first place. In your opinion is this a builder error or something that has been washed or rotted away?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

Builder error for sure if it has no vertical support.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK, sad to say that the 10 year warranty/insurance that came with the house doesn't cover that. Go figure! :(
Builder is still in business so will see if they'll do the right thing.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

Definitely do that! Good luck with that!

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Do you have any other questions on this topic? If you could rate my answer, I would appreciate it.

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