Ask the Inspector: Foundations

Home Inspector with National Property Inspections

How can you be assured that your foundation is in tact?

There are many types of foundations but all of them serve the same purpose as the supporting structure for a home. During an exterior inspection, a qualified professional will assess the condition of your home's foundation.

Solid foundations include rock, block, concrete, brick or wood. Other houses are held up by a system of piers or columns placed strategically around and within the house perimeter. On some buildings the foundation is so low to the ground that the floor joists are sitting in the dirt.

Once your home's foundation type is noted, here are some key things an inspector will look for:

  • Bowed or leaned foundations
  • Excessive water around the perimeter of foundation
  • Gaps and major cracks in the foundation
  • Crumbling or missing mortar joints
  • Decayed brick
  • Peeling stucco
  • Rock or brick piers that have begun to disintegrate
  • Wood columns that are rotted at ground level
  • Concrete piers that have major cracks
  • Rotting skirtboards at ground level

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