What To Expect From A Foundation Inspection

Posted on: 5 August 2020

Without a solid foundation, your home will never be structurally sound. There are some ways that you can inspect your home foundation yourself. However, the only way to know for sure if your foundation is in good condition is to have a foundation inspection.

Performing Your Own Inspection

Walk around the perimeter of your home for signs of sections of your foundation that are bulging or leaning. These can indicate that there is an uneven load on your foundation. Your foundation and home walls should be flushed and leveled. 

Inspect the windows and doors to make sure that they are flush and that they aren't becoming stuck. Foundation problems can cause your doorways and windows to become distorted and you may either have a draft or a window that is stuck shut. You may also have damaged pipes that are leaking due to pressure placed on the pipes by your foundation. Look at the foundation supports to make sure that they are in good condition as well.

When Foundation Contractors Inspect Your Home

The inspection begins with a meeting from a representative. During this meeting, you will be able to ask any questions you have. If you have any concerns that lead you to believe that you have foundation problems, express them at this time.

A foundation repair contractor will look at cracks and signs of damage in your foundation. They will look for cracks in your slab, brick veneer, and anything else. If your home is constructed using piers and beams, the repair contractor might need to use a different approach when inspecting your foundation. They will need to enter your crawl space to determine if anything is wet. Regardless of the type of home you have, the foundation repair contractor will be able to detect if certain areas of your home are lower than others.

Fortunately, in some cases, you may be able to receive a free inspection of your home foundation. If you are not the owner of the home, you are more likely to be required to pay a fee for the inspection.

Foundation Repairs

After the inspection, you may choose to hire the foundation repair contractors to perform repairs to your foundation. This can help protect the structural integrity of your home so you don't have to worry about it collapsing. Foundation repairs will also allow you to avoid other problems such as wet weather causing your basement to leak. 

Reach out to a foundation contractor like one at Du-West Foundation Repair for more information.