When deciding to buy a home, is a home inspection important? Well, you wouldn’t drive a car without insurance. So, why risk making the most important purchase of your life without a pre-purchase home inspection? Here’s some information on pre-purchase home inspections and foundations.

Save Money on Costly Repairs:  Pre-purchase Home Inspections and Foundations

An AmeriSpec pre-purchase home inspection can spare you costly foundation and basement repairs, and the debt that comes with them. Our trained inspectors are here to help homebuyers evaluate the true condition of any home, up front and honestly. Including those crucial areas beneath your living space. But, before you schedule your inspection, here’s why inspecting foundations is so crucial in your decision-making process.

What foundation faults do our inspectors commonly find?

Basements and crawl spaces are the two most common types of foundation in Canadian homes. Sure, you won’t be spending the majority of your time down there but when you’re upstairs enjoying the warmth of your living room, these issues can menacingly lurk beneath your floorboards if left uninspected.

Bulges and curves. Spotting bulges or curves in block foundation or concrete walls could indicate foundation movement. In Canada, our nation’s extreme temperatures cause soil to expand and contract, sometimes putting pressure on foundation walls in turn.

Cracking. The soil surrounding home foundations is loose post-excavation. When this soil settles and nearby vibrations occur, it can cause cracks in your foundation.

Leaking. If you have cracks in your foundation, this spells big trouble. While plastic perforated piping (weeping tile) is installed on the outside of footing (concrete slab below the foundation) to collect accumulating water, this doesn’t always save the day. Ultimately, when too much water penetrates these cracks, you’ll experience a leaky basement that provides a damp, wet and poorly ventilated breeding ground for mould to grow.

What are the faulty basement and foundation warning signs?

Our trained home inspectors often detect basement and foundation warning signs. For example, the ones outlined below. Remember, ignoring issues like these and hoping they go away won’t help either. Ultimately, foundation issues worsen over time and while they may not threaten the safety of your home immediately, they likely will over an extended period of time if left uninspected.

  • Cracking in interior/exterior brickwork
  • Bowing and honeycombing/flaking in walls
  • Imbalanced or sloping flooring
  • Floor tile cracking
  • Doors and windows that no longer fit their framework
  • Cavities between walls and the ceiling/floor
  • Damp walls and basement mould

In truth, most poured concrete foundations have typical shrinkage cracks (less than 1/8 of an inch) that are caused by concrete curing and drying. While these are considered par for the course, sealing any crack big or small with sealant can guard against water leakage.

Visit the home inspection experts at AmeriSpec of Canada for more tips and valuable home improvement information.

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