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I had a tree fall on my house.It fell right on the corner of…

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I had a tree fall on my house.It fell right on the corner of the house where a triple stud is in the wall.Can it cause damage to my foundation

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After the tree fell then my basement started leaking every time it rains and the insurance company says it is not from the tree even with prof it never leaked before the tree.

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Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 11 months ago
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Do you have any picture you can share with me (damage pictures and after repair pictures)?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I will upload pic and get them to you.
Thanks
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 11 months ago

That would be great.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Here is a few photos I am trying to get the picture of the tree on the roof to you as well.
But I am having problems.
The tree fell perfectly on the corner of the house above this wall and as you can see in the pic. The wood is not black from long time water being on it. Just wet!
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Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 11 months ago

Thanks for the pictures.

I assume the pictures of the cracks are in the basement wall, correct?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I am still trying to get the outside pic.to you
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 11 months ago

Let me know when you get the picture sent.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Can you please send me a reg.email that I can send the outside picture to.I can not get them to load on the site.
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 11 months ago

I can not share personal e-mail (site rules). Can you please contact Customer Service and let them know you have a file you need to share with me? They will be able to get it to me. Thanks

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Ok thank you
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 11 months ago

Let me know after you contact Customer Service.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Outside pictures
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Did you get the outside pictures
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 11 months ago

I received the pictures, thanks.

Based on the pictures you submitted, in my engineering judgement, it is highly unlikely that this tree falling on your roof made the cracks in your concrete foundation/basement wall.

When the tree hits your roof, it's impact load will be spread out over a fairly large area (roof system transfers load along the wall supporting it, into the continuous bottom plate, then across the top of the concrete basement wall, etc)

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
If that is so then how do you explain the leak,No leak then tree hits the house now I have a leak?
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 11 months ago

My thoughts are that the tree falling did not damage the foundation enough to make it crack and leak.

1. What type of repair was done to the roof, exterior framed wall and siding on your house?

2. Water leaks can be very difficult to trace. They may come through the roof in one location and work their way across elements and appear a distance away from the point of entry.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
There is no water anywhere upstairs.the roof was completely redone and the basement still leaks when it rains. All the water is coming out of the foundation.Everyone including the insurance company agrees on that.
They are just saying it is not from the tree.makes no sense.No leak,Tree hits house,Now leak.
What is your next guess
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 11 months ago

So you can physically see water seeping out of the cracks in the concrete foundation wall, or just the general area gets wet?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
right in the corner behind the 3 stud on the basement wall picture.
Upstairs the stud are the same
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 11 months ago

Yes you see water coming out of the cracks?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
it has water streaks running down from the cracks
When it rains it comes right out of the top of the crack and runs down in the corner of the wall.
If you look at the inside pictures you can also tell by the clear color of the wood that this not a old
leak.
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 11 months ago

The crack pictures are a bit blurry on my end.

I assume, since you have a basement, that you have gravel installed behind you basement walls and you have a sump pump in your basement, am I correct?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
the foundation has been great for 14 years.never had a drop of water until this tree.
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I assume the fondation was done correctly,with drain tile and such since there has never been not one leak until now.
Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 11 months ago

You build a good case, but I do not see a good way to convince the Insurance Company, if they are just shutting you out.

If you have the proper drainage behind your basement walls and you have a functioning sump pump system, you are going to need to caulk your cracks with a silicone sealer and then maybe apply a Drylok product on your walls. This should return the drainage function to the back side of the wall, since there should not be any pressure build-up.

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Structural Engineer: walkereng, Consultant replied 11 months ago

Let me know if you have any more questions or comments

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