A house foundation inspection involves several components. Before you get your foundation inspected, it’s good for you to know what is involved in the process.
Regardless of where you live, foundation inspection professionals use a well-defined process.
Usually, a house inspection involves three things:
1. Meeting with a contractor
2. Having the contractor assess the health of your foundation
3. Having the contractor conduct a visual evaluation of your home.
The visual evaluation involves looking for signs of foundation damage.
The 7 common signs of foundation damage include:
Cracks on the foundation or on walls or floors may indicate that your house has foundation issues. While tiny cracks are perfectly normal, those that are bigger than a ¼ inch may mean that your house is experiencing excessive settling.
When examining such cracks, the contractor will determine their angles. Cracks that occur at a 45-degree angle oftentimes point to a serious foundation issue.
Foundation sinking or settling
Settling is usually a common foundation problem. Foundation repair professionals will often install piers on the interior and exterior of the foundation to lift your home’s foundation.
In the vast majority of cases, fractures resulting from foundation settlement are vertical. If you fail to address this problem early, your foundation could end up sinking into the earth two to four inches.
Causes of foundation upheaval include under-slab plumbing leaks, excessive moisture due to rain, and soil expansion or contraction.
In most cases, moisture is the number one culprit. Check your water bill if you suspect foundation upheaval. You could be losing up to fifty gallons of water daily.
Improperly functioning doors
Sticky doors are often an indication that you have foundation problems. This is an issue that commonly affects all kinds of foundations.
Doors can also fail to function properly because of high humidity. However, this should be a problem that only lasts for a couple of days. Anything longer than this could mean foundation issues.
Gaps around exterior doors or around window frames could be signs of foundation issues. If you notice that your doors no longer latch properly, you must call a foundation repair specialist immediately.
French doors, in particular, won’t align properly. For example, the top right side of the door may be higher than the top left side.
Dipping, bowing or sagging floors could indicate trouble. Floors tend to sag and squeak when foundation issues impact pier and beam foundations.
Aside from being unsightly, uneven or sagging floors are dangerous as well. For this reason, it is important for you to call a professional foundation contractor immediately.
If you have a wet crawl space, make sure that you have it checked out. Damp crawl space can emit a foul and musty odor. Mildew or mold are also common when your crawl space is wet.
The contractor will check to see if there is an abundance of moisture. Termites are often a common indicator of this issue.
What’s Involved in a Home Foundation Inspection
To look for all these signs of foundation issues, the foundation company representative will:
- Check for cracks in walls, ceilings, and floors, and take measurements to determine how out of level your foundation is.
- Check out the condition of your piers, beams, and joists. If you have wet or rotten wooden members, you may already have a foundation problem or may experience one soon.
- Evaluate the exterior of your property. Here, they’ll look for cracks in your fascia boards, brick veneer, slab and other things.
After the specialist has completed checking signs of foundation damage, they will speak with you regarding the inspection. Based on our experience, it’s common for the contractor to recommend that no foundation repairs are required. It’s not uncommon for cracks to be cosmetic.
How much does a professional foundation repair inspection cost?
Most foundation repair contractors won’t charge you for inspecting your home’s foundation. However, this is assuming that no engineer is involved in the inspection process.
If you spot any of the signs, it’s important to have your home’s foundation inspected. Foundation inspections are non-invasive and non-destructive.
A competent foundation repair company knows what and where to look for these common problems. If you have concerns, contact us because we can give you a solid information.
Does the size of my house affect the cost of foundation inspection?
The simple answer is no. It doesn’t, in any way, influence the amount that you’ll pay to have your foundation fixed.
Generally, the inspection only takes about an hour to complete. When you contact us, the first thing that we will do is to ascertain if you require exterior foundation piers or interior piers and calculate the amount that your property requires.
We’ll also scrutinize the property inside and outside to identify where the most destruction has occurred. After we do this, we’ll let you know the course of action that is necessary.
For a destroyed foundation, you’ll need to find out if you need a report from an engineer and obtain a foundation estimate for the repairs. A report from an engineer will cost you around $300 to $400. It’s, however, unnecessary in most cases.
We offer our clients free foundation repair estimates. As such, there is nothing to lose if you choose to work with us.
Give us a call today for a free estimate. We have a team of seasoned and qualified professionals whose only work is to fix foundation issues.
As a rule, we require homeowners to be present during the inspection. This allows us to properly evaluate your home since we’ll need to inspect the property inside and out. We may also ask you a few questions regarding the drainage and plumbing issues of your home that may have occurred in the past.
After the contractor has completed the inspection process, they will let you know if a report from an engineer is necessary or not. They will also give you a free foundation repair estimate. If an engineer’s report is required, rest assured that a good one will be recommended to you. Take the first step by giving us a call today at 214-865-8609 .