Inspection Training

How to Inspect the Insulation in the Basement (UPDATED 1/12/18)

While the inspector is in the basement they should check for the presence of insulation on the walls. If the walls are are finished you would select “Not Inspected” due to not being able to see if there is insulation present. Please review the entire procedure below.

 

NACHI SOP

International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection

 

3.9. Attic, Insulation, & Ventilation

 

I. The inspector shall inspect:

A. Insulation in unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas.

 

II. The inspector shall describe:
A. The type of insulation observed.

 

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:

A. The general absence of insulation or ventilation in unfinished spaces.

 

IV. The inspector is not required to:

B. Move, touch or disturb insulation.
E. Identify the composition or R-value of insulation material.
G. Determine the types of materials used in insulation or wrapping of pipes, ducts, jackets, boilers or wiring.

 

Axium SOP Differences

Axium Requires: The inspector will check for the presence of insulation o the basement foundation walls and report on its general condition.

 

Tools Needed

No tools required to inspect the basement insulation.

 

Procedure

  • While inspecting the basement we will want to check for the presence of insulation. Sometimes this won’t be visible if it is behind a vapor barrier or if the walls are finished. If there is insulation visible in the basement there will be one required picture for this section that should show the insulation.

Common Defects

  • There is no insulation present in the basement or the insulation is damaged.

Common Mistakes

  • Not checking for the presence of insulation in the basement.

 

Report / Software

IN


  • The floors or walls were insulated with fiberglass batt.

NI

  • Most of the walls and ceilings in the finished basement are covered and insulation was not visible. The visible basement foundation walls were not insulated.

NP

  • The basement is not insulated. Heat loss can occur more on this property than one that is properly insulated.

RR

  • The basement is not insulated. Heat loss can occur more on this property than one that is properly insulated.