The Foundation Inspection

Crawlspaces

The "crawlspace"... You probably start to feel a little uncomfortable when you just hear the word. Understandable. This is the area of the home that nobody wants to go into, and for good reason. Usually the crawlspace is not very tall, there is dirt on the ground, and spider webs everywhere. This areas is not particularly our favorite either, but we understand it's importance and we promise to crawl through every inch possible. During our inspection, we will fully access all areas to inspect for a number of different items, such as: proper ventilation, plastic vapor barrier over the soil, wood rot/damage, water entry on the soil, rodent access, water piping, electrical wiring, foundation concerns, insulation, etc. Along with the normal home inspection basics, we are also certified to inspect for the presence of mold/fungus concerns (which are becoming more prevalant in our area). Mold/fungus concerns are typically directly related to improper ventilation/dehumidification and water concerns. We will take photographs of all areas and will document and listed all concerns in the inspection report. 

 

Common issues discovered: mold/fungus, improper ventilation and/or dehumidification, torn air ducts, water damage to framing near doors, water entry along perimeter walls, improper floor supports, rodents nesting in insulation, no plastic/vapor barrier over the soil, etc. 

Basements

Basements are probably the most convenient foundation type in our area. They are great for extra space to expand your family, good for extra storage space, maybe perfect for the workout room you have been wanting, and even great for the inlaws when they are in to visit (if you are brave enough to go down that road). But basements can also be the location of some of the most expensive repairs in a home. Basement foundation walls often times are the first to reveal major water concerns and foundation issues. We have the equipment to properly inspect all areas of the basement so that you can feel safe in knowing the current condition of the home prior to the purchase. We will visually inspect all areas of the basement and particularly the foundation walls for water entry, structural cracks, mold/fungus, previous foundation repairs, etc. We will test all walls below grade with a moisture meter so that we can determine if water is currently entering the foundation walls. All areas of the basement will be photographed and all concerns will be documented and listed in the inspection report. 

 

Common issues discovered: water entry in basement foundation walls, cracked/broken foundation walls, mold/fungus present due to water entry, foundation repairs, etc. 

Concrete Slab

Concrete slab construction is the least likely of the foundation types in our area to present major concerns; however, issues are possible. In "slab construction", footers are poured around the perimeter of the home, a concrete block base is formed, the inside of the block wall is filled with a gravel base, and a 4+ inch thick concrete slab is poured over the gravel. During this inspection process, we will look for signs of concern such as: cracks/offsets in the slab, water entry in and around the slab and perimeter walls, drainage on the exterior of the home (which may directly effect the foundation), etc. Photographs will be taken at all areas and concerns will be documented and listed in the inspection report.

 

Common issues discovered: cracks/offsets in the concrete slab, signs of water entry through the slab and around the perimeter walls, plumbing leaks suspected beneath the slab, etc. 

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