Foundation Inspection – Good or Bad Foundation – Do you know the difference?
The foundation of a house or structure holds the structure in place and prevents it from moving along with the earth it either sits in or on. The foundation also helps protect against both cold and moisture. A foundation’s structure varies depending on when a home was built, the climate in which the home was built, and whether or not the home was built with a basement or a crawl space. In Florida the majority of our homes do not have basements or crawl spaces. Cracks in foundations can foreshadow structural issues and water leaks and in rare cases catastrophic failure. Often, cracks and unevenness are due to “settling.” Settling can be minor or more dramatic. It happens over time to almost all structures.
During your Home Inspection, an inspector will determine which type of foundation your home has and check it for potential problems. Because of their nature any real foundation problem will be noticed somewhere else in the home. Cracked drywall or cracked floor tile can be a sign. We check for all these issues.
It doesn’t matter what type of foundation your potential home is sitting on because there are several key signs that a home inspector looks for. Foundations tend to crack or heave; sometimes moisture will be present and there is pooling and moisture penetrating small cracks in the walls. Some of this may be unavoidable, especially in older homes. However, it is important to have your Highland Home Inspector go through the inspection process with on your home. It is the only way the inspector can help discover the degree of danger or the importance and scale of repair that exists. Depending on your foundation type, sealants and reinforcements can sometimes prevent major problems so your homes foundation will last for years to come.