Before there can be any repair, it must first be determined what the problem actually is. This means a foundation inspection is an appointment that must always come first. In fact, a foundation inspection can also be a good idea even if there isn’t already a huge issue because it can catch minor problems before they turn into major expensive repairs.
What to Expect During a Foundation Inspection?
A foundation inspection isn’t something that happens every day. If you are lucky, you will only have cause to get one a handful of times in your lifetime. As such, you may be curious as to what to expect when it does happen.
At a glance, a foundation inspection is just a repair technician looking around your foundation, but as to what they are looking for, this includes:
- Cracking in slabs, veneer, and fascia
- Bowing basement walls
- Pier, beam, and joist inspection in crawlspaces
- Wet or musty signs in basements and crawlspaces
- Measurements to check for sinking
- Interior damage like cracking drywall, sticking doors and windows, and sloping floors
The benefit of having a foundation inspection done is that it is done by a professional. They have seen every sort of foundation damage, and know exactly what even the earliest signs look like. This means they can determine problems that might not be obvious to just the eye, like if one side of a slab has sunk six inches compared to the other side.
The whole process should take no more than an hour, and will determine major problems as well as minor ones. It is a good idea to call for a foundation inspection even if the issue seems small. Often it is used to determine if that new crack in your foundation is harmless or the indicator of a problem.