Home Inspections

Structural Issues in Historical Homes

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During a recent inspection of a historical homes we discovered numerous issues in most of our Standards of Practice inspection categories. The foundation was made of brick with brick piers and some newer masonry block piers. The floor structure was wood joists and the subflooring was a combination of wood planks (original) and plywood (from […]

Exteriors

Cracks in Foundation Walls

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Cracks in foundation walls are often indications that the footings are failing. The cause may be that the footings were not poured to the proper depth, the reinforcing steel is missing, undersized or the soil supporting the footing is not stable. When significant cracks are discovered in a foundation wall a structural engineer or specialty […]

Home Inspections

Structural Inspections

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Structural Inspection Standards The inspector should: • inspect the visible structural components • inspect the foundation • inspect the floor structure • inspect the wall structure • inspect the ceiling structure • inspect the roof structure • describe methods used to inspect unfinished spaces The inspector is not obligated to: • provide an engineering or […]