Was my concrete poured correctly? PVC pipe vs. re bar?
Last fall I had an approximately 1200 sqr ft stamped concrete patio poured and a pool deck installed. Now, less than a year later, it has surface cracks everywhere, some fairly deep cracks, and a couple places on the decking where the concrete separated all together and the pad broke in half. The company is coming out soon to repair where it was broken, but they say the other cracking is normal and they do not guarantee it. It's still shocking to me that this concrete is less than 1 year old and has this many problems.
When it was poured, instead of using re-bar to stabilize the concrete, they put in pieces of pcv pipe in the corner of each section. They told me this works like footers and stabilizes just as efficiently as re bar. Now that I'm having all of these problems, I'm wondering if that's true?
Any thoughts on the pvc pipe vs re bar? Do I have any legal recourse for a poor job done by a contractor? I know concrete cracks, but this seems ridiculous! This was a $15K job! Thanks for your help.
You're right - I do not think the base was sufficient because there is breakage of the patio and pool deck.
I just wasn't sure about the pcv pipe thing. At the time, I had NO knowledge of concrete...so it sounded reasonable to me?
There was NEVER a permit (to my knowledge) requested for the patio and I *think* the permit for the pool tied into the pool deck. However, the inspectors here are completely incompetent - I saw the final inspector pull into my driveway 1 day (he probably thought I was at work) and he never got out of his car at all. I called the next day to ask if something came up and my inspection was rescheduled, they said that my inspection was passed. HUH???
Maybe I will just take a lot of pictures and video of the problems and contact a lawyer. I really do not want more dealings with this company. Perhaps I can hire another co. to fix these problems and sue the first guys for the cost???