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Foundation "cladding" 8 years 11 months ago #36570

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Doing an inspection tomorrow on a 100 year old house.  The foundation has been covered with some sort of stone or concrete veneer.  Anyone have any experience with this?  Possible problems etc.  One thing I don't like in this case is that on one side it is covering at least one course of the brick as well. 
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Re: Foundation "cladding" 8 years 11 months ago #36571

Bert

I would call Marcel if he is available.

Need to know the manufacturer and there specs on installation.

Is the foundation a concrete masonry unit?

Looks like a recent install, Is there a recommended clearance from grade?

Let me know how it goes.

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Re: Foundation "cladding" 8 years 11 months ago #36572

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Weep Holes? Otherwise you can't see much other than it seems to be buried in the dirt.

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Re: Foundation "cladding" 8 years 11 months ago #36573

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I'll email Marcel.

Yes.  Weepholes was my concern as well.  I have no idea what, if anything, they were trying to cover up.  I haven't been in the house yet so I don't know if the foundation is poured or stone or...
Unfinished basement so I should be able to get an idea of the condition of the foundation from the inside.

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Re: Foundation "cladding" 8 years 11 months ago #36575

Hi Bert.
Interesting patch job.
In 100 year old homes it was common to have foundations made of stone, rocks and available stone locally.

The rock foundations were usually tapered but plumb on the inside.
The base of the rock walls was usually 2' thick at the base and the top of the wall 12".
Most walls for people that had money, would stop the rock foundation at grade and switch to brick, usually a double width to the under framing of the floor structure.
If you were lucky enough to have money, you would switch from rock to granite stock stone above grade.
The granite was usually 2' feet high and had a beveled wash at the top of the stone to shed water and that is because it was thicker than the brick building walls above it.
It is conceivable that in your picture, there was granite on one side and brick on the other or granite topping stone with a wash and none on the other.
Someone did not like it and covered it with Faux Stone.

Brick facade's of the early 19th century did not have weep holes. They dried from the inside out.
The design was based on the rain reservoir, where instead of a rain screen technology with cavity and weep holes, this one just stored the rain moisture and dried from inside out.

Faux stone, should have weep holes and a weep screed at the bottom. Obviously, this one does not. The drip screen should also be above grade which this one is not.
If in a frost zone, it will get peeled off the substrate. Cracks is also showing in second picture.

What ever is behind this faux stone, will push it out or pop it out in a matter of time.

Caused by water intrusions, frost, or just plain loss of adhesion to the substrate.

Very poor attempt to dress up an exposed foundation of a 100 year old house.

Hope this helps, and if I did not answer all your questions or interpret your pictures properly, let me know.  :)

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Re: Foundation "cladding" 8 years 11 months ago #36576

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Thank you very much Marcel.  Especially the information about the brick not having weep holes back then but drying out to the inside.  I didn't know that.  I will post here tomorrow on my findings. 

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