Foundation & Crawlspace Inspections by Home Helath Inspections LLC
If your home doesn’t have a basement, chances are it is built on either a slab foundation, or crawlspace. There are advantages and disadvantages to both building methods, but whichever is present in your home, we are certified to inspect it.
An under-maintained crawlspace can lead to air quality issues in your home, which can exasserbate allergy symptoms. Fun fact: up to 40% of air in your home comes from either the attic, or crawlspace, so maintenance of these areas is very important to maintain the air quality in your home.
Foundations vs. Crawlspaces
What is the difference between a crawlspace, and a slab foundation? Just as it sounds, a slab foundation is a slab of poured concrete that is poured directly on to the ground. A crawlspace is an unfinished space between the ground and your first floor, typically less than 1.5 meters tall, which is recognized in the name due to the fact that you have to crawl to gain access to the space.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both building methods. A slab foundation is better suited for moist climates. A properly built foundation prevents mold growth in the home, is very durable, less expensive to build, and very energy efficient. The drawbacks of a foundation include lack of accessibility to duct work and plumbing, is prone to flooding if not properly graded, and repairs are more costly if you’re unfortunate enough to have a crack in the foundation.
Crawlspaces are better suited for dryer climates, are preferred in flood prone areas, offer accessibility to plumbing and ducting, work well in certain soil conditions and on sloped lots, and make potential pest infestation easier to investigate. The drawbacks of a crawlspace are the costs of initial construction, they are less energy efficient, and take more time to build than a slab foundation.
Whichever is present in your home, we are happy to get our certified home inspectors on the job to make sure everything is as it should be.
What to expect from your basement, crawlspace or foundation inspection.
During your home inspection we will determine which type of foundation your home is built on, and the structural components of the respective types. We will describe the access points of your building’s sub-structure, and report any issues we may observe.
Some issues that can arise during the inspection are:
– Wood structural components making contact with soil
– Any observed instances of water penetration
– Indicators of a shifting foundation, which include cracks in your foundation, uneven floors or out-of-square door frames
Any problems we may find during your home inspection will be outlined in your included reports. We are more than happy to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have with your home’s condition. The safety of your family, or new home buyers looking to move in is paramount to us.
We proudly offer our certified home inspection services in Hillsboro, Portland, Beaverton, Forest Grove, Cornelius, and other surrounding neighborhoods in the great state of Oregon. Give us a call today (503-680-6158) or fill out the form below to get started.
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