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Old 02-07-2012, 08:05 PM
 
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I was watering my lawn and noticed a crack in the corner of my slab. I am stressed out now. My home is only a year old, and I would hate to have to move. How bad does this look?

This is a Ryland home. Hopefully, this is covered under warranty.

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Old 02-07-2012, 08:17 PM
 
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It's nothing to worry about. The post tension cables intersect right inside that corner, and it stresses the concrete at the corner. Those two exposed nails ( that should be grouted ) indicate where the dead end of the cable is. Around the corner, you will either see the same, or a larger grouted area that indicates that was the live end of that cable. It was cut off and grouted after it was stressed. These corner cracks are very common, and not indicative of a slab issue. Ryland should come back and grout the cracks, and you should ask them to seal all of the exposed nails so that they don't continue to corrode.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:42 PM
 
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It's nothing to worry about. The post tension cables intersect right inside that corner, and it stresses the concrete at the corner. Those two exposed nails ( that should be grouted ) indicate where the dead end of the cable is. Around the corner, you will either see the same, or a larger grouted area that indicates that was the live end of that cable. It was cut off and grouted after it was stressed. These corner cracks are very common, and not indicative of a slab issue. Ryland should come back and grout the cracks, and you should ask them to seal all of the exposed nails so that they don't continue to corrode.
Thanks. This actually puts me at ease. I sent the email for Ryland to come out. My backyard has been so unpredictable as far as the soil moving. It's huge.

I plan on getting a patio deck installed and landscaping. I'm definitely going to install a sprinkler system as well. Soakers will be included
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Katy, TX - Cinco SW
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I've had similar in my two houses down here. Like RCH said and everything I've read it is nothing to worry about. Just grout the crack and the nails. One of mine was also a Ryland and this one is a Meritage. I grouted my Ryland right before I sold it and was worried about the inspection.....passed fine and no mention was made of the fixed crack.
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:34 PM
 
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Oh that's nothing. Quit stressing.
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Houston area
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If that's it, then nothing to worry about. Its very common and has no actual effect on the foundation.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:28 PM
 
Location: plano
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That is highly common so not need to stress over it, its a non issue
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Pearland, TX
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Call the INS, I think aliens are living in there!

Ronnie
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