Exposed Foundation Rebar

This is one of the ultimate foundation nightmares for any homeowner, because there is relatively little you can do about it, because the rebar isn't located where it should be.

The actual problem isn't the fact that it's exposed and rusting, but the fact that it isn't in the correct position. The correct position for the rebar would be in the center of the foundation footing.

Most foundation footings are 12 inches wide, putting the rebar 6 inches away from the exterior side of the building foundation.

(The minimum distance for rebar in a structural concrete foundation is 3 inches away from the end or edge of the concrete footing, but you could verify that by checking your local building codes)

Like I said, there is very little that you can do in a situation like this, to correct the structural problem, but you can always patch and repair it.

Home Repair Tip: To fix something like this, you could chip away all of the loose concrete around the exposed foundation rebar and then remove as much rust as possible from the rebar itself.

After you have done the steps above, you can patch the building foundation with any type of concrete patching cement mixtures that you feel will work the best. These types of patching compounds can usually be found at your local home improvement center or hardware stores.

Remember, all you're doing is patching the foundation, you're not repairing any structural damage. If you're worried about structural foundation damage, you should contact a professional in your area to evaluate your particular situation.