Older homes tend to have specific issues, all of which can be identified and addressed through a professional home inspection.
Drainage and Cracks
Older homes often lack of proper drainage around the house which leads to concrete movement in sidewalks and driveways. However, all of these issues can be addressed. One simple way to channel water away from your foundation is through the use of your gutters. You can also add soil around your home which helps drain water away from the foundation. If you notice cracks in the sheetrock/exterior walls, it’s likely a result of your foundation settling. Follow the water to find the reason for settling.
Common signs that indicate foundation movement consists of sheetrock cracks, doors that don’t open, doors that don’t close properly, or doors that don’t latch. In order to spot foundation movement, you can look for cracks in tile floors and grout joints. Many old pier and beam homes have water entry points under the house that make the house settle with uneven floors, inoperative doors, wall cracks, or stuck windows.
Real Life Example
Many people use soaker hoses to clean their homes, driveways, and sidewalks. However, soaker hoses can result in permanent damage to your home and foundation. Soaker hoses often oversaturate a home’s foundation which results in that foundation movement: a red-flag in a home inspection.
I’ve seen instances where sellers have used a soaker hose around their home and ended up with a soaked and overwatered foundation. As a result, the foundation settled and cracked, breaking the PVC drain pipe leading to repairs of $23,000.00 to concrete foundation.
If you’re looking to sell or purchase a home, contact Babcock Home Inspections and Termite Inspections. We can provide you with a one of a kind home inspection as well as termite control services.