August 13, 2020
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General Foundation Inspections

If you are looking to purchase or even simply properly maintain a home, you will want to have the home inspected to make sure it is safe and that no major repairs or preventative measures need to be done. Here are some tips on what to look for when having the foundation of a home inspected.

General Inspections

               When the inspection team comes to check out the foundation, they are looking for signs of damage, cracks, and other signs that can indicate trouble. A foundation inspection is done to make sure that the home will not sink and will reduce the chance of cracks. There are different types of inspections based on the material made to construct the foundation of the home.

Slab Foundations

               The inspector will walk around the perimeter of the home and look for cracks or signs of future cracking on the slab. This can be visible by simply looking at the foundation. The inspector will also look for cracks in brick veneer, fascia boards, and other materials that may be around the foundation.

Pier and Beam Foundations

               This type of foundation will require an inspection that is a little more involved. The inspector will need to go into the crawlspace and look under the structure of the home. They will look for any signs of damage and will look for anything that may be wet or soft. The inspector will check the piers, joints, and beams – if there are signs of rot, then there may be a plumbing issue. This might also indicate that there may be a problem with the drainage of the home. This problem will need to be fixed as soon as possible so that the home will be properly supported.

Site Factors

               When shopping for a home, you should look at things that will affect the structure of the home. If the home has a slope or if there are big rocks nearby, this can affect not only the foundation but the rest of the home too. If there is a slope, this can lead to serious trouble down the road.

Defects in the Foundation

               Some signs can show that there are major defects in the foundation that will need immediate repair. Some of these defects are obvious including cracks, bulges, or other visible signs of damage. Some past factors may affect the foundation including movements, damage from frost, and other factors. If there are obvious signs of damage this can indicate that the foundation is not stable.

Price of a Foundation Inspection

               While the prices will vary between inspectors, the average cost for a foundation inspection is between $150 and $200. Having an inspection done before purchasing a home can help save you a lot of money down the road so that you can know in advance what you’re getting into or what preventative steps you need to take to ensure that damage does not happen later. If there are problems in the foundation, it can mean there is serious trouble with the structure and the stability of the home. It is essential that the foundation is inspected and any signs of damage are noticed and corrected before living in that home.

If you’re not a home inspector but would like to find out more about how to become one, check out our article about Home Inspection Certification.

For tips about normal house settling vs foundation problems, check out this video!