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    Default Long 1/8" crack (photos) on slab-on-grade floor in Phoenix

    I just found out a 17 years old house in Phoenix area, which has a long crack on the interior floor. The house was build on a slab-on-grade fundation about 42' long and 25' wide. The crack is in the middle of the concrete floor and across the entir width of the slab as shown in photo.
    There is no crack observed outside the house on the slab. Is this normal in the houses around 1990's in phoenix area? Any input ? Thanks.





    If you can't see the photos, here is the link.

    Additional inspection shown the crack edges looks even, no obvious displacement, no water penetration.
    However, the center of the crack is higher than the floor on both right and left side. Look at the leveler showing about 1/8" over a 24" span.

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    Default Re: Long 1/8" crack (photos) on slab-on-grade floor in Phoenix

    I can't speak for the Arizona area but cracks like that in slab floors around here are pretty much par for the course. Without knowing more about this crack in particular, what I look for with cracks is progressive widening or separation of the crack, displacement of the crack meaning one side of the crack is higher than the other, or evidence of moisture penetration through the crack. In the absence of these symptoms, I am likely to chaulk it up as a larger shrinkage crack and just recommend having the crack sealed. We don't have expansive soils here in southeastern PA.


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    Default Re: Long 1/8" crack (photos) on slab-on-grade floor in Phoenix

    Quote away Aaron.


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    Default Re: Long 1/8" crack (photos) on slab-on-grade floor in Phoenix

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank He View Post
    I just found out a 17 years old house in Phoenix area, which has a long crack on the interior floor. The house was build on a slab-on-grade fundation about 42' long and 25' wide. The crack is in the middle of the concrete floor and across the entir width of the slab as shown in photo.
    There is no crack observed outside the house on the slab. Is this normal in the houses around 1990's in phoenix area? Any input ? Thanks.





    If you can't see the photos, here is the link.
    Heck.. If you asked a builder this question here, he would say thats normal.

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    Default Re: Long 1/8" crack (photos) on slab-on-grade floor in Phoenix

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank He View Post
    I just found out a 17 years old house in Phoenix area, which has a long crack on the interior floor. The house was build on a slab-on-grade fundation about 42' long and 25' wide. The crack is in the middle of the concrete floor and across the entir width of the slab as shown in photo.
    There is no crack observed outside the house on the slab. Is this normal in the houses around 1990's in phoenix area? Any input ? Thanks.





    If you can't see the photos, here is the link.
    Heck.. If you asked a builder this question, here in AZ he would say thats normal.

    Phoenix AZ Resale Home, Mobile Home, New Home Warranty Inspections. ASHI Certified Inspector #206929 Arizona Certified Inspector # 38440
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    Default Re: Long 1/8" crack (photos) on slab-on-grade floor in Phoenix

    Don't they put control cuts in the concrete slabs? If not the concrete could have had too much water and as result shrinkage which would make it a shrinkage crack as there does not to be any vertical or lateral movement. Likely has been that way since it was poured.


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    Default Re: Long 1/8" crack (photos) on slab-on-grade floor in Phoenix

    Quote Originally Posted by A.D. Miller View Post
    Is anyone else having a display issue with this site? This is what appears when I open a thread . . . the whole display is offset to the right and the text is not wrapping.

    The Hann must be on the hookah again . . .

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    Default Re: Long 1/8" crack (photos) on slab-on-grade floor in Phoenix

    This looks like slab-on-grade construction, no control cut on the surface.
    The crack does rise up about 1/8" measured with a 24" leveler.
    I don't know if the foundation edge cracked or not.
    The house was build in 1992 in Phoenix area. We should have expansive soil.
    I do not know if this sort of problem is common for the houses with that age and the severity of it.
    Any input is welcome, especially on how often do you see it in Arizona.
    Thanks,

    Here is the link of pictures.


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    Default Re: Long 1/8" crack (photos) on slab-on-grade floor in Phoenix

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond Wand View Post
    Don't they put control cuts in the concrete
    That almost sounds like something you could EAT (control cuts )

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    Default Re: Long 1/8" crack (photos) on slab-on-grade floor in Phoenix

    If thats all you got after 17 Years... I would say its not the big of a deal...
    But as an inspector I would say call in the foundation specialist.


    We see stuff like that every day in my area. Its prefect for termites to get in or scorpion's

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    Default Re: Long 1/8" crack (photos) on slab-on-grade floor in Phoenix

    Quote Originally Posted by A.D. Miller View Post
    The Shallow Foundation Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers has published some guidelines for evaluating cracks in slab-on-ground foundations based on the width of the crack. Their recommendation is that if a crack is 1/16th inch wide, it should probably be looked at by an engineer...

    Big surprise, a group of Engineers recommending all cracks should be looked at by...... an engineer.

    Ain't enough engineers in all the land to look at all the slab on grade cracks in our State, how about yours?

    (The preceding opinion is not an endorsement to call, or to not call, an engineer for any or all slab on grade cracks.)


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    Default Re: Long 1/8" crack (photos) on slab-on-grade floor in Phoenix

    Its called self serving.

    Have you checked your crack today? Brought to you by your local PE.


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    Default Re: Long 1/8" crack (photos) on slab-on-grade floor in Phoenix

    The house was build in 1992 in Phoenix area. We should have expansive soil.
    I do not know if this sort of problem is common for the houses with that age and the severity of it.
    Any input is welcome, especially on how often do you see it in Arizona.
    Thanks,


    It's very common here. A carpet company may be able to give you an answer on how common it is.
    The chance of a home inspector catching this under carpet is nill unless there is a noticable deflection.

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