Modern homes are built to withstand the constant forces of nature that can take a toll on your home’s concrete foundation. The earth around your home’s foundation expands and contracts seasonally from freezing, thawing, saturation, and drought. Foundation issues can be the most expensive problems homeowners face but most of these issues are preventable if they take a few simple measures before it is too late. While no homeowner should be expected to assess a faulty foundation without seeking an expert’s guidance it is a good idea to walk around your home at least once a year and look for the following.
If homeowners take these simple steps it can save them a lot of trouble down the road. Like I said before, no one is expecting homeowners to be experts on issues that affect the foundation of their home. Consult a qualified foundation specialist if you see anything out of the ordinary like excessive water in the basement, any vertical crack larger than 1/8” or any long horizontal crack of any width. At One of the hardest things home inspectors must tell homeowners is that they have very costly foundation issues that could have been prevented if they only knew. Old Line Home Inspections, we are trained to know the difference between mostly harmless hairline vertical cracks and the more serious diagonal and horizontal cracks that require a foundation specialist or even a structural engineer to evaluate, advise and repair.
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