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Why so much shaking ? | Home Inspections Bellevue-Seattle-Everett
Why so much shaking ? | Home Inspections Bellevue-Seattle-Everett
Hergert Inspection LLC About Hergert Inspection Contact Hergert Inspection Washington State Inspector License 619 WSDA Structural Pest Inspector license 79988 Over 25 years new home construction experience Custom Reports including digital and infrared images Weekend appointments available Damaged crawl-space shear wall
This home had substantial shaking from front to back during the earthquake a few years ago.
The blueprints for the home showed a full height foundation wall up to the floor joists in the area that had excessive shaking.

During the Home Inspection of the Bellevue-Seattle-Everett area home, I found a strip-footing with a 2 x 4 framed wall, approximately 3' high, up to the floor joists. The framed wall had been sheathed with 1/2" plywood on both sides. My assumption is that the builder failed to pour the wall and obtained the engineers and/or building departments approval to substitute the double sheathed wall for the poured concrete wall.
Since the original construction, this home has had a problem with excess moisture in the crawlspace. A prior homeowner and/or contractor performed work to increase ventilation.
It appears in order to increase cross ventilation, the sheathing has been cut out between ... more

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