Get a Home Inspection If you suspect foundation problems, it is a good idea have a professional home inspection to determine the extent if any of the problem. Foundation repairs can be costly so recognizing the problem early can help. Foundation problems left alone can create a money pit that you will have a hard time re-selling. You can trust your house inspector to give you detailed information on the condition of your home and valuable information on the needed repairs.
Poor Construction or Normal Settling? All houses experience house settling as they get older. This is normal but there are some problems in your home that can be attributed to poor construction. If you notice mold on your walls it is possible your brick exterior was laid without a cavity for ventilation. Sometimes crawlspaces are ventilated allowing moist air into the crawlspace that will result in more molds.
Basements also can have issues if the proper insulation isn’t used. Having a moisture barrier on the inside of your wall in the basement can create moisture in the wall because there is no place for the moisture from outside to dry. Basements walls need to dry on the inside and the outside.
Foundation problems are particularly upsetting for a homeowner. An experienced home inspector will be able to tell if your home is experiencing normal house settling or if it has a real problem with the foundation. Foundation problems vary and present themselves in different ways. Proper soil conditions, compaction, the materials used in construction and the weight of the house, all impact the foundation of a house.
Foundation Problems Found in Home InspectionIf you notice cracks in the outside walls of your house or gaps in the grouting in block homes, you may want to investigate the problem further. Solid or decorative brick will show movement as the house settles but excessive cracks are an indication of a bigger problem.
The basement is a good place to look for problems. Cracks in the walls especially if water or dirt is seeping in means something is wrong. Left untreated erosion could destroy your foundation. The entire weight of your home is sitting on your basement walls. If they are bulging, sagging or leaning you should schedule your home inspection soon to protect your family.
Some foundation problems are more noticeable than others. If your chimney is leaning away from the house or showing cracks, it is a good indication of a problem. Your windows and doors are also good places to look for foundation problems. When you notice your windows and doors not working properly or you notice cracks around the frames, you need to consider calling your home inspector. A home inspection will tell you if the problem is related to your foundation or if there is another cause.
Floors that are uneven or tiles that crack or come up may be an indication of foundation problems. Houses that are on concrete slabs will sometimes have cracks in the slab. It is hard to tell if this is the case without tearing up the flooring. If you notice strange bugs like centipedes and earwigs or maybe a dirt smell in your carpet after a rain, you may have a cracked slab.
One of the best indicators of a foundation problem is unexplained water standing around the foundation of your house. The ground around the perimeter of your house should be dry, well compacted and drain away from the house. If you notice wet spots you need to figure out their cause.
A home inspection can save you thousands of dollars in repairs. If you are concerned about the way your house is settling or you are fearful of foundation problems, it is best to get to the bottom of the situation and be aware of the repair costs and consequences of not repairing the problem. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment call GCW Home Inspections (952) 297-2505