Disintegrating Cinder Blocks

Real Estate Agent with Century 21, The Real Estate Centre, 410-665-0200 Office 634480

Disintegrating Cinder Blocks


I took my Buyer client to look at a house and we found a serious case of disintegrating cinder blocks.  The blocks were turning into dirt.

The design of the house is a two level split foyer built in the mid 1980s.

The lower level is about 3 to 4 feet below grade.

My understanding of the particular lot is that water does not drain very quickly after a heavy rain.

The lower level has a footing drain and 2 sump pumps.  I do not know if this was put in when the house was built or after the original construction.

Other than the disintegrating cinder blocks, there were no telling signs of a major foundation problem at the time of our visit.

There were obvious signs that the lower level had been finished at one time, but all of that had been removed.  In other words, we may not have noticed this concern if the lower level had been finished and was covering this issue.

Take a look at what we saw.


Comments (3)

Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Look like a problem to me - something I'm sure an inspector would highlight.

It probably didn't smell great in there either.

Jan 08, 2022 05:24 AM
Kathryn Sparks
Zenith Realty - Baltimore, MD


That is a major foundation problem. Thank you for posting this scary information.

Jan 08, 2022 06:48 AM
Karen Krzniak
Zenith Realty - Towson, MD


Better not put a grand piano on the floor directly above that deteriorating wall.


Jan 08, 2022 06:52 AM