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Cracked Concrete...Who Pays?

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POSTED: Monday, September 19, 2011 - 6:18pm

UPDATED: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 12:56pm

EL PASO - Ray Rocha and his wife Erica moved into their new home in east El Paso in December. They contracted Saul Garcia and his landscaping business, Los Jardines, to take care of several projects including a rock wall and a concrete slab in the backyard. The Rochas had done business with Los Jardines several times in the past and had been satisfied with the work. But, about a month after the concrete was poured, cracks began to appear in the concrete, including a big crack across the entire slab. When Los Jardines and the Rochas could not come to an agreement about how to repair the damage, that's when Ray Rocha contacted our newsroom.

Garcia says the damage is due to a problem with the type of soil on the property. He says clay under the surface expands when it becomes wet, which can distort the concrete, leading to cracks. The Rochas say that Los Jardines should have anticipated the problem and checked to make sure the soil type was appropriate for the project. The landscaper says that he had no way of knowing about the problems with the soil, and it is not their responsibility. There was no warranty on the work.

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I am a general contractor
And I know for a fact that concrete does crack
You can take all precautions
Like wire mash, expansion joints, saw cuts,
Compact dirt before pouring , but concrete tends to crack ,Also when clay or caliche,is in soil in tends to settle ,and thus will crack
I believe contractor did everything possible
and looks like good work
I think if he has done work for this home onwer before Maybe they should come to an agreement For buisness sake Good Luck.

this is b.s this guy mr rocha looks like the customers who wants just the jobs o any work for free. i live in that area and i kno mr garcia for several years and he always does a perfect job..... Mr rocha be a man and fix this oroblems out of the tv

" There was no warranty on the work." Mr.Rocha,what does your work order/contract state....that's what I thought.

Mr.Garcia,do the right thing and make it right. The article states Mr.Rocha has used your services before it's just good business sense to keep the customer happy and keep them coming back.Don't forget your a consumer too.

Contrary to what some people are saying, the contracter is not at fault here. Cement work rarely, if ever, has a warranty with it. I have purchased two NEW homes in the area during the past 4 years and both times the houses did not have a warranty on the cement outside of the actual foundation for the house becasue it expands. My father does this type of work and I know for a fact that ALL cement will crack! The only way to minimize cracks is to make the lines that sidewalks have (make squares)

I'd be willing to bet that if the concrete slab is cracked, they (The Rocha's) should check their home for inside wall cracks. If the concrete slab shifted, so did the entire home. This is not rare in our desert area, as our sandy soil shifts with miostier. Mr. Rocha the best you can do is apply concrete silicone, it comes in a gray color. This will prevent air and moistier from creating bigger cracks. It will be noticable but,hey..it won't get bigger. Good luck.

OH DONT BE SUCH A CRY BABY JUST PAY SOMEONE ELSE TO GET IT FIXED. ITS NOT LIKE AT YOUR EVENTS SOMEONE IS GOING TO TRIP THERE IS OTHER THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT THAN A DAMN CONCRETE. DUDE GET A LIFE.

The landscaper should be knowledgeable in this field and inform the customer as to the different situations they may face. If need be the landscaper should have reinforced the concrete with rebar(metal screening) which is used in driveways to strengthen the concrete. The cost is minimal and it strengthens the concrete substantially. Bottom line, the lanscaper/contractor should be liable for his failure to inform the customer fully. He wanted the quick $$$.

Well, unfortunately the problem should fall on the contractor. The contractor is responsible for compacting the ground, testing, proper application of material,the correct type of conctete (mixture of components)knowledge of the area where concrete is to be poured, correct expansion joints to prevent stress cracks, correct underlayment to prevent moisture sepage,and correct rebar or wire mesh. Sorry boys but you will loose in court if it goes that far. Thank you from Ask Charlie.

No warranty on the work? Sue him, it looks like SGarcia finally figured out why the slab cracked to begin with but of course that's your problem now.

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