laying block on a muddy/flooded footer

My block layer claimed he was going to clear the water/mud from the top of the footer before laying the block but I see otherwise. Is it a big deal to have set block in the mud?

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Feb 02, 2012
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fix it right NEW
by: Anonymous

the footing has to be free of mud and dust otherwise no bond. make sure the mason in question has the right tools and the knowledge to complete the job or else you may be hiring another mason to do the job later, at a greater price

Feb 02, 2012
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fix it right NEW
by: Anonymous

the footing has to be free of mud and dust otherwise no bond. make sure the mason in question has the right tools and the knowledge to complete the job or else you may be hiring another mason to do the job later, at a greater price

Mar 25, 2011
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Not to worry
by: RockHound

It is Possible that your Mason just cleaned what was needed to lay the block and not The entire footer..

It is also Possible that He did not include in his price to clean the mud off of the footer!

Everyone knows that Mortar does not stick to Mud!

Keep in mind that your concrete floor will cover the joint between the block and the footer... and should not allow the Block that was layed to move you also have the preassure of the dirt that will be back filled.
You could have him grind out the Joint between the concrete footer and the block and re Tuckpoint it back in!

Feb 03, 2011
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Good practices
by: Adrian

It is good practice to clean the surface that you will be bonding mortar/mud to. A clean surface provides a water resistant seal and a better bond.






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Feb 02, 2011
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Muddy Footing
by: masonryworktools.com

If the footing is already poured and there is some mud on it, then cleaning it is ok, but if there is mud in the bottom of the footing before it's poured, then I would definitely make sure its damp, or it will shrink when it dries and cause the footing to settle and crack the footing and the wall.

If the dirt pumps under the footing then it is too wet or frozen underneath, and this will cause the footing to settle. Any pumping dirt or road base will need to dry out or be replaced or there will be problems later down the road. If I were the mason, I would not want the liability anyhow.

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