How to Inspect the Basement Foundation Wall Structure (UPDATED 10/17/17)
While the inspector is in the basement they should check the foundation walls for any cracking. If there is cracking present make sure to use your tape measure in the picture. 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.
C. Observed indications of possible foundation movement, such as sheetrock cracks, brick cracks, out-of-square door frames, and un-level floors.
D. Any observed cutting, notching and boring of framing members that may, in the inspector’s opinion, present a structural or safety concern.
IV. The inspector is not required to:
B. Move stored items or debris.
D. Identify the size, spacing, span or location or determine the adequacy of foundation bolting, bracing, joists, joist spans or support systems
E. Provide any engineering or architectural service.
F. Report on the adequacy of any structural system or component.
Axium SOP Differences
Axium Requires: Same as NACHI Standards of Practice.
No tools required to inspect the Basement Foundation Wall Structure.
- While we are inspecting the basement we will want to observe the basement foundation walls for any damage or cracking. There is one picture required for this section and it should show the basement foundation wall. Try to get the best representative picture of the wall as possible. If there are any cracks present make sure to take pictures of every crack and use your tape measure in the picture.
- There are vertical, horizontal, or diagonal cracks on the basement foundation wall.
- Not checking the entire basement foundation walls for any cracking.
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