RELIANCE Permanent Wood Foundation Inspection
RELIANCE INSPECTION Permanent Wood Foundation Services
Permanent Wood Foundations are cost effective compared to traditional poured concrete types or concrete block. As with all foundations there are strengths and weakness in all below grade options. One can purchase a home designed with such a foundation with confidence.
RELIANCE Home Inspection will inspect the foundation for any potential problems that could decrease the life cycle of the foundation or create potential future complications.
- Dampness. If dampness is present, its source should be identified. Dampness may be due to a rising water table, an inadequate drainage system, or inadequate damp-proofing. Water from an interior source, such as an air conditioner or a high-efficiency furnace, however, does not indicate a compromised Permanent Wood Foundation.
- Exterior wood decay. Inspectors can check for exterior wood decay by probing the wall from the outside with a rod. It is usually adequate to probe once every 8 feet. If decayed wood is detected by probing, it is likely that decay exists elsewhere in the wall.
- Interior wood decay. If the interior wall is not covered by drywall, it may be possible to inspect for wood decay below grade from the inside of the house.
- Foundation leakage. Evidence of foundation leakage may be discovered at butt joints where sealant may not have been used.
- Buckling. Buckling can occur due to constant pressure over the course of years, or by the back-filling process.
- Lack of a moisture barrier. Outside, a moisture barrier should be present and it should rise above grade.
- Bowing of the foundation walls, especially the wall next to the basement stairs.
RELIANCE Permanent Wood Foundation Inspection is a benefit to any home seller or purchaser. Call us today.
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