If you’re planning on buying or selling your home this year, there are a few things you’ll want to look for to ensure that the home has a healthy foundation. Whether buying or selling, you’ll want to venture down into the basement or crawlspace areas and complete a visual inspection of the foundation.
Here are a couple of specific areas to pay attention to:
Check basement walls for cracks and moisture
Check all exposed walls for cracks and moisture. If there are no visible cracks on the interior side of the wall, or if the walls are finished, you can look around the exterior of the basement wall. Usually, you should be able to see about a foot of the wall above ground.
If the home is older, you may find a block wall foundation. Inspect the mortar joints for signs of deterioration. If the blocks look like they have been painted over, or that the mortar joints appear to have been patched, ask about the types, the reasons for, and the time-frame of the repairs.
You’ll also want to check for cracks and moisture along the basement floor. This could be difficult to do if the basement is already finished, but you’ll want to inspect as much of the area as possible.
Check for crawlspace moisture
If the home has a crawlspace foundation, it is very important to inspect this area several times a year. Depending on the type of floor, moisture can become a major concern if not monitored.
This is especially true in crawlspaces with exposed dirt floors. Aside from insects and pests, moisture levels often run high due to the dampness in the soil. Crawlspaces with concrete floors are also subject to moisture problems, especially if there is no way to remove any water that may leak into the area.
Most often, the effects of crawlspace moisture or standing, stagnant water include damage to floor joists and interior support columns, causing sagging or uneven interior floors. You may consider installing a durable vapor barrier, as well as a dehumidifier and/or air purifying system in the crawlspace.
What to do if you see signs of foundation concerns
In many cases, foundation problems will show up in other areas of the home; such as cracks in drywall, or doors and windows that do not open or close properly, or floor joists that appear to be rotting or even showing signs of mold growth.
Although most residential real estate transactions require a certified home inspection, you may want to contact a reputable foundation repair contractor to look over the home and point out any areas of concern. In addition, find out what methods of repair might be necessary the potential costs associated.
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3D Structural Solutions is a foundation repair contractor serving Indiana and Michigan. With a focus on customers and quality, 3D Structural has built its reputation on solid and dry foundations. The company was founded in 1997 by brothers Daniel and David Scarberry. Headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, the company remains family owned and operated.
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