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Old 1/20/19, 7:10 PM
Bob Palmer Bob Palmer is offline
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The cracking in the drywall was apparent in the upper corner of the 1st floor living room, with the drywall bowing out under compression. Although the cause could be a non-structural issue, further evaluation of the basement showed temporary floor jacks and unsupported 4x4 columns installed to handle the addition of a 2nd floor which is cause for concern. After investigating the exterior of the home for any foundation cracking, a recommendation would be made to the homeowner to have a structural evaluation.

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Old 1/20/19, 7:20 PM
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The engineered truss above the attic access hatch in the middle of the second floor attic has separated at the nailing gusset plate. The truss will need to be further evaluated by a structural engineer to determine the scope of work to repair the truss and the cost of thr repairs.

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Old 1/20/19, 7:28 PM
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As I read about crawlspaces I have learned that the conditions can be harmful to the home and the inspector. There are numerous hazards that exist when inspecting a crawlspace. When inspecting a crawlspace an inspector should normally expect to see conditions that can dangerous.

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Old 1/20/19, 7:32 PM
Mark Bowditch Mark Bowditch is offline
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Adjustable steel posts,
Adjustable steel post can also be know as screw jacks or beam jacks. They have a threaded adjustable mechanism that is used to adjust their height. As of 2012 they must be a minimum of 3" in diameter. The maximum lateral displacement is 1". The posts must be mechanically fastened at the top and bottom. More than 3" of the adjustable screw thread is not permitted to be exposed.

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Old 1/20/19, 7:54 PM
Thomas Glaze Thomas Glaze is offline
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Nick Gromicko's article "Crawlspace Hazards and Inspections" is a must read for anyone who has to inspect crawlspaces. Inspecting here in the Southeast, almost all the hazards mentioned in the article are present. Mold, mildew, moisture, standing water and especially pest are all too common. My crawlspace inspection gear consist of coveralls, respirator, safety goggles, hat and very good lighting. Seems like a little too much, but wait until you come across a rodent infestation with snakes skins lying around. Also a good reason to charge extra for homes with crawlspaces.

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Old 1/20/19, 9:06 PM
Chuck Hanvey Chuck Hanvey is offline
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The foundation has failed and is not performing as designed. The floors are not level and some doors are hard to operate. This is causing movement in the wall systems and damaged brick siding. Recommend contacting a foundation company or structural engineer for further information.

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Old 1/20/19, 9:12 PM
Chuck Hanvey Chuck Hanvey is offline
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Most South Texas house foundations built in the past 50 years are monolithic slab on grade. More recently post tension cabling has been in use. This is the same technology as is in use on some concrete beams used on freeway overpasses.

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Old 1/20/19, 9:40 PM
Michael A. Senty Michael A. Senty is offline
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Pictured are poured concrete columns supporting a deck beam. The slope is at or exceeds 2 run in 1 rise. Columns are securely connected to the beam with structural Simpson tie components. Soil movement is evident due to tilted columns and soil missing under other columns. Columns do not have footings under them, and are shallow. As a result of these conditions, the deck beam is humped and also twisted due to uneven vertical movement and down hill movement of the support columns.

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Old 1/20/19, 9:51 PM
Michael A. Senty Michael A. Senty is offline
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In a conventionally hand framed gable style roof system, a sagging ridge line and/or outward bowed walls at the wall top plate are an indication of rafters not adequately tied. Rafters need to be tied together across their span to prevent outward bow of the wall. Several methods to accomplish this structural requirement is by installing rafter ties and/or utilizing the ceiling joists to resist outward pressure on the wall top plates.

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Old 1/21/19, 12:53 AM
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of the home Exterior Surface Marginal Siding on Home: Stucco - WOOD FRAMED CAVEAT = The siding is installed on a wood framed home. Moisture intrusion and retention is a common problem with this type of construction. This is sometimes because the water that penetrates into the wall cavity does not have a way to drain at the bottom of the walls. Other times it is because the siding and moisture barrier were not installed properly during construction. Either way, moisture is a concern with wood framed homes. Be advised that there is always the potential for moisture damage to the framing, siding and trim of the home that may not be visible to the naked eye.

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Old 1/21/19, 12:57 AM
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the inspection and report. If you wish to make improvements in this area, a structural engineer should be consulted.

Hairline size step shaped and vertical cracks were observed in the exterior concrete block walls. These are usually the result of settlement, and do not appear to indicate any structural problems at present.

In a perfect world, properly constructed foundations and concrete block walls would not crack. However, cracking of this type is found in more than 75% of the homes we inspect. Usually the cracking does not advance beyond a minor stage, but the causes of the movement cannot be determined from visual inspection.

Should any of this cracking advance considerably in size in the future, further investigation consisting of foundation excavation, inspection, and soil borings would be warranted, and repairs could become necessary.

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Old 1/21/19, 1:18 AM
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This is a crack in the concrete of a bedroom floor. The crack is most likely not from a slab issue, as the sides are even, they do not present much separation or spread. However, this should be noted on the inspection report in case of further issues.

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Old 1/21/19, 7:24 AM
Roger Carney Roger Carney is offline
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This house is about 50 years old and has developed a crack in the vicinity of the balcony.The balcony is a reinforced concrete, cantilevered extension of the second floor slab. Upon inspection, it appears that water is penetrating the floor of the balcony and that this is getting into the wall of the house, causing the crack in the brick wall. The balcony floor needs to be properly sealed.

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Old 1/21/19, 7:35 AM
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The inspector can tell a lot about soil and foundation conditions from the pattern of cracks in the structure above ground. For example, cracks that are "V" shaped in the house walls indicate that there is some kind of upheaval below the ground at the bottom of the "V". Pyramid shaped cracks, or upside down "V"s indicate that there may be some subsidence underneath that point.

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Old 1/21/19, 9:17 AM
Michael Noviello Michael Noviello is online now
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The image cracking-12.jpg illustrates a foundation cracking issue the inspector may find in a situation where there has been improper back filling , heavy equipment operated too close to the foundation or the downspouts are discharging water too close and swelling and or freezing is occurring. These are serious issues as the foundation wall is a major component of the vertical support for the home itself. Repairs are possible but a structural engineer should be contacted for the correct methodology.

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