The foundation of your home has been designed and installed in accordance with the recommendations of our consulting engineer. Even though the foundation has been designed by an engineer and constructed in accordance with engineering requirements, cracks can still develop in the foundation. Unless there is water seepage coming through such a crack, it is most likely a surface crack and will not be detrimental to the structural integrity of your home.

To properly care for your exterior concrete, always be aware of areas where water is collecting and fill these in. Do not allow downspouts to drain in such a way that the water will get under the concrete. Seal any cracks in control joints or surface areas immediately with a flexible colored sealant. Color variations will occur if any repair work is needed, this is unavoidable.

Although we use accepted construction procedures for the installation of concrete flatwork, this does not guarantee there will be no cracking. Cracking in concrete is inherent nature of a cement product, and no matter how careful the builder is, cracking will occur and is unavoidable. The warranty does not cover concrete cracks. Where cracking is covered by the warranty, the repair provided is sealing with concrete caulk. Concrete is not replaced due to cracking. There are many reasons that concrete cracks and most are not related to any structural problems.

By maintaining good drainage away from your home, you are protecting your home's foundation. Maintenance of drainage away from all concrete slabs will minimize cracking and other forms of movement. Cracks in slabs should be sealed with a waterproof concrete caulk to prevent moisture from penetrating to the soil beneath.

Cracking in the concrete flatwork is often caused by extreme cold. During the summer, moisture finds its way under the concrete along the edges, or through cracks in the surface. In winter, this moisture forms frost that can lift the concrete, increasing or causing more cracking.

Expansion Joints
Expansion joints have been used to help control expansion; however, concrete is also susceptible to shrinking. If the concrete shrinks, moisture can penetrate under the concrete and lift the expansion joint. If this occurs, you can fill the gap with a gray silicone sealant.

Protect your concrete from abuse by chemical agents such as pet urine, fertilizers, radiator overflow, and repeated hosing. All of these items can cause spalling of concrete.

A concrete sealer, available at paint stores, will help you keep an unpainted concrete floor clean. Do not use soap on unpainted concrete. Plain water or hot water, or if necessary, a scouring powder should be used.

Efflorescence (White Powder)
Efflorescence on concrete surfaces is considered acceptable. This condition is caused when the lime in the cement reacts with the moisture in the air. The most common places that you will see this is on the garage floor and foundation walls. It can be removed with a brush and water, and for more stubborn areas, brush area with a mixture of once cup of white vinegar to a bucket of water.

Do not wash patios, porches, drive, etc. with cold water from an outside faucet when temperatures are extremely high and the hot sun has been shining on the concrete. The abrupt change in temperature can damage the surface bond of the concrete. Sweeping is the recommended method of keeping exterior concrete clean. If washing is necessary, do this when temperatures are moderate.

Cleaning of the garage floor by hosing can cause settling, spalling, and increase soil movement by allowing water to penetrate any existing cracks. Sweeping is the recommended method for keeping the garage clean.

Heavy Vehicles
Do not permit heavy vehicles such as moving vans or concrete trucks to drive on your concrete work. This concrete is not intended to bear the weight of this type of vehicle.

Limited Warranty

Foundation Cracks
Shrinkage or backfill cracks are not unusual in foundation walls. Embassy Homes will repair, as needed, cracks which are in excess of 1/8" in width, provided the Homeowner has complied with drainage and landscaping requirements.

Cosmetic Imperfections
Slight cosmetic imperfections in foundation walls, such as a visible seam where two pours meet or slight honeycombing (aggregate visible) are possible and will not be repaired.

Flatwork includes basement and garage floors, porch, patio, driveway, and sidewalk.

Concrete slabs are "floating,"--they are not attached to the home's foundation walls. These are not a structural (load bearing) element of the home and are not covered by the ten-year structural warranty. If your home has a concrete slab, the limited warranty coverage is for one year unless the requirements of your loan state otherwise.

Cracking Not Warranted

Garage Slab
The garage slab is designed to float (with the exception of post tension foundations in which the garage slab is integrated) - - it can move without affecting the foundation. Movement and the resulting cracking will be minimized by proper installation and maintenance of landscaping. Embassy Homes will fill cracks that reach 1/4" in width one time during the warranty year. Thereafter, this is homeowner maintenance.

Settling or Heaving
Excessive settling, heaving (over 1") and/or cracking should be reported in writing so that an inspection can be made. Settling, heaving, or cracking is deemed excessive if it results in negative (toward the house) drainage, or hazardous vertical displacement.

Grade Changes
If Homeowner changes the grading, drainage, landscape design, or fails to perform needed maintenance that has caused the damage, corrective measures will be suggested, but Homeowner will be responsible for their implementation.

Repeated hosing of concrete for cleaning, animal urine, radiator overflow, fertilizer, are some of the causes of spalling. Embassy Homes is not responsible for repair of spalling caused by these conditions.

Cleaning of the garage floor by hosing can cause settling, spalling, and increase soil movement by allowing water to penetrate any existing cracks. Embassy Homes will not be responsible for repairs needed due to such action.