WHY DOESNT ANYONE RESPOND????Hello All,
While cleaning out the basement I noticed an apparent problem with an existing lally support column. Please note the following:
At the very top of the column within one foot of the top bearing plate I found vertical 'splits' in the tube steel of about 3 and 2 inches long. These cracks showed a little rust and may well have been there for the past 40 years.
Instinctively I feel that this is a problem. The house is a simple single story ranch. There does not appear to be any deflection of the beam being supported.
I have placed a temporary jack post as a pre-caution.
Is this a common problem with lally columns? Could it have been caused by non plumb initial install resulting in 'lateral' axial load?
Since tube is concrete filled is it ok to leave as is or will it worsen? Should it be replaced?
Has anyone seen this type of 'failure before?
Thanks for any input as I am somewhat concerned?