Inspection Training

How to Inspect the Basement Structural Supports

While the inspector is in the basement they should check to make sure the structural supports are installed properly and do not have any damage. Please review the entire procedure below.

NACHI SOP

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.

D. Structural components.

 

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.
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: The inspector will want to check the structural supports to make sure that they look like they are in serviceable condition.

 

Tools Needed

No tools required to inspect the Basement Structural Supports.

Procedure

  • While inspecting the basement we will want to check the basement structural supports to make sure that they were in serviceable condition. There is one picture required for this section and it should be a clear picture of the structural support in the basement.

Common Defects

  • The structural supports did not appear to be done in accordance with current construction standards.
  • The structural posts or beams are not plumb or level.
  • The structural supports are damaged.

 

Common Mistakes

  • Not checking all of the structural supports in the basement to make sure that they are in good condition.

 

Report / Software

IN


  • The basement structural supports appeared to be in serviceable condition at time of inspection.

NI

  • Most of the structural supports in the basement were covered and not visible. (If any structural members were visible, no problems were observed at the time of the inspection.)

NP

  • N/A

RR

  • The structural supports did not appear to be done in accordance with current construction standards. Further analysis by a licensed structural engineer is recommended.
  • Not Plumb/Level: Structural posts and/or beams are not plumb/level, and may not be providing the performing as intended. Further analysis by a licensed structural engineer is recommended.