Special Segment: Verge of Collapse?. On this very hot (now) topic on split face block construction home owner’s should be asking whether it is a good idea to purchase a home with this material. Some professionals interviewed here are suggesting replacing the material and others advising simply treating it will be sufficient, Which is the method home buyers should be consider when purchasing a home?
What are the health risks of not treating the material if you own a home? Water infiltration can lead to mold which poses obvious health hazards if not identified and removed quickly.
November 22, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Some home inspectors say a building material in many brand new homes all over Chicago may be putting homeowners at serious risk this winter.
It’s called split face block, a type of concrete used for exterior walls.
More than a dozen homeowners dealing with split face block problems contacted by ABC 7 for this report refused to talk on camera because they say talking about this hot button issue might hurt their home values.
“It’s embarrassing, you know, you spent all this money on a home and look at it, look what’s happening,” said one homeowner.
It’s the topic so taboo for Chicago homeowners that many won’t talk about it. One West Side resident wanted to remain anonymous.
“We weren’t sure exactly where the water was coming from,” he said. “You start seeing the drywall starting to peel, you know, it’s disappointing .. You’d actually see the nails and the two by fours, you wouldn’t need a stud finder, you’d see them right through the drywall.