How to Inspect for Basement Moisture Intrusion
While the inspector is in the basement they should inspect for any signs of moisture intrusion. One way to do this is to use the moisture meter and place it on all of the walls. Please review the entire procedure below.
International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection
3.3. Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure
I. The inspector shall inspect:
A. The foundation.
B. The basement.
II. The inspector shall describe:
A. The type of foundation.
III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:
A. Observed indications of wood in contact with or near soil. B. Observed indications of active water penetration.
IV. The inspector is not required to:
B. Move stored items or debris.
Axium SOP Differences
Axium Requires: Same as NACHI Standards of Practice.
The inspector will use the moisture meter to check all of the walls in the basement for any signs of moisture intrusion.
- While inspecting the basement we will want to check for any signs of moisture intrusion by checking all of the accessible walls with the moisture meter. Make sure the moisture meter is on the correct setting for what you are testing (i.e., walls, concrete, etc.). We want to make sure that we test all areas of the walls for the moisture intrusion.
- If there are no signs of moisture intrusion, we will take two pictures for this section that will show that no moisture was present at the time of the inspection. Both pictures should show the moisture meter on the wall and clearly show the moisture percentage on the meter. If you find moisture intrusion, efflorescence, or mold make sure to take a lot of pictures to document the defects.
- There is efflorescence present in the basement.
- There is mold present in the basement.
- There are signs of moisture intrusion present in the basement.
- Not checking all of the locations, including the foundation walls, for signs of moisture intrusion that can lead to the development of mold and efflorescence.
- Not using your moisture meter on multiple areas of the foundation walls (even if finished) to test for signs of moisture behind the walls.
- Not taking pictures with the moisture meter in the picture that clearly shows the percentage of moisture on the meter.
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