When it comes to a sound foundation, there is no substitute for a thorough surveillance.
A home’s foundation is the most important structural component of a house—it supports the entire weight of the structure. Without going into heady engineering jargon, the construction of a house involves forces, sometimes opposing. Most concrete foundations and basements will eventually exhibit signs of wear and tear—illustrating these forces at work.
Interestingly enough, there are benign foundation cracks and serious cracks. An experienced home inspector will be a walking encyclopedia of foundation cracks and be able to offer various diagnoses depending on the type. While an inspector is not a structural engineer, he might be suspicious enough to engage the expertise of an engineering consultant who will further diagnose and make recommendations.
For homebuyers, the foundation aspect of the property scrutiny should be taken very seriously. Foundation repairs often run many thousands of dollars and may involve heavy equipment and engineering consultants.
In most instances, home sellers are required to disclose a “wet” basement. What is “damp” to one person may be downright soaking wet to another. How much water a basement takes on can affect your basic quality of life. Many basements provide extended living space for additional bathrooms, laundry facilities, and even workshops. Unfortunately water is the nemesis of electricity, meaning a water-logged basement can render this additional living space unusable.
Basement Mold and Mildew
And where there is water and moisture, you can bet there is mold and mildew. Mold and mildew not only break down foundation materials—they are a fungus—but they also pose varying degrees of health risks. Mold spores enter the indoor air that you breathe. Our Certified Inspectors are trained in mold inspections. They provide detailed, experienced examination of a home’s foundation and basement.
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