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    Default Any Leaking problem with different layers/colors on the concrete fundation wall?

    I am house hunting, and fell in love with this newly built 2-story single family house, with unfinished basement.

    The basement wall is a concern (see attached picture). It's poured concrete, however looks like a three-layer cake. And the top layer has a darker color. Not surprisingly, the builder doesn't have any convincing explanations.

    Can anyone advise what happened? Is this a serious issue? May lead to leaking or seepaging?

    the wall seems dry (there is a dehumidifier in the basement), and the dark layer doesn't seem to be caused by water damage, instead, it seems like a different type of concrete was used. I am from New Jersey.

    Thanks a bunch!
    Mike

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    Default Re: Any Leaking problem with different layers/colors on the concrete fundation wall?

    That looks like they got a new truck load of concrete in as they were pooring the foundation. if the home is more then 10 years old and there
    is no other condition then it looks like its not an issue to me.

    if you have more photos upload them. but this looks ok to me.

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    Default Re: Any Leaking problem with different layers/colors on the concrete fundation wall?

    It's a new construction. The concrete along the joint line between two layers has serveral broken spots. Will it be a potential leaking problem? or even a foundation-structure problem?
    Should I walk away from this house?

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    Default Re: Any Leaking problem with different layers/colors on the concrete fundation wall?

    The layering is due to the cold joints between concrete trucks when they poured the walls. As long as you have the proper reinforcing steel in the wall it won't be a problem. If there are any leaks at the joints you could inject the joints and/or cracks with urethane under high pressure.

    By just looking at the picture it looks OK to me.


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    Default Re: Any Leaking problem with different layers/colors on the concrete fundation wall?

    Just what I was going to say.....looks like cold joints with different mixes.


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    Default Re: Any Leaking problem with different layers/colors on the concrete fundation wall?

    Yes, probably multiple cold joint pours ...
    Hmmm ... I have any idea. How about hiring one of the good, educated qualified home inspectors on this board who work in your area to do an inspection.
    Just a thought, what do I know?

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