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Foundations / Crawlspaces

 
House Checking — The Silver Home Inspection in Springs, CO
This home, at first look seems, fine. No real noticeable issues the purchaser could see however House Check observed a slight “racking of the home”. Can you see how the roof line is off horizontal? This is a hidden defect we can identify.
 
House Check Interior — The Silver Home Inspection in Springs, CO
Notice closer up, the roof line compared to the gutter system, this is another indication of “racking”. House Check, through our 10 years of experience with Entech Engineering, has giving us the ability in finding structural deficiencies that could result in costly repairs.
 
Check Cracks Interior — The Silver Home Inspection in Springs, CO
This interior crack is a sure sign of distress in this home. Diagonal cracks off doors and windows indicate stress in the structural components of the home. There are tools we use to identify problems.
 
 
Side Crack — The Silver Home Inspection in Springs, CO
This is another interior crack indicating movement in the home. House Check recommended the home be evaluated by a structural engineer. The engineer determined the rear of the home had settled. The cost to drive steel piers to bedrock to stabilize the home was over $20,000. This is why it is critical to have a home inspection before you make your investment.
 
Lower Basement Checking — The Silver Home Inspection in Springs, CO
This homeowner was from out of town and trusted his real estate professional to provide a home inspection. The agent figuring he would save some cash and would conduct the observations himself not bothering to enter the crawlspace. When the purchaser moved in to the home he noticed there was a foul odor.
 
Lower Base Crack Checking — The Silver Home Inspection in Springs, CO
The homeowner called a plumber to come out and he found a plugged sewer line. (House Check always recommends the buyer have the sewer line “snaked” in older homes because they can have problems we cannot identify underground). As the plumber exited the crawlspace he stated to the homeowner “you need a structural engineer”. The homeowner called us when he noticed had structural experience with Entech Engineering.
 
 
Plywood Retaining Walls — The Silver Home Inspection in Springs, CO
When House Check entered the crawlspace these pictures are what we found: The entire north wall of the homes 16” foundation was undermined with 4x4 posts resting on saturated clayey sand supporting it. Moisture was entering the crawlspace; mold was seen on plywood retaining walls. We surmised it was a “fort” built by children. We never heard how the situation turned out however we did get a call from a lawyer asking for the pictures. We emailed the pictures and did not charge the homeowner a dime for the home inspection, it was priceless!
 
Support Floor Check — The Silver Home Inspection in Springs, CO
Older homes can be problematic. Foundation problems are usually our biggest concern in older homes. We found this Ford truck frame resting on expansive soils as a support for the floor joists.
 
Placing Structural Supports — The Silver Home Inspection in Springs, CO
Placing structural supports on expansive soils can cause up lift resulting in sloping floors. House Check noticed the sloping floors as the first sign this home had problems.
 
 
Plaster Walls — The Silver Home Inspection in Springs, CO
When we arrived at this home the entire structural seemed to lean, the windows did not work, the doors would not close and cracking was noticeable in the plaster walls.
 
Deteriorated Bricks Set — The Silver Home Inspection in Springs, CO
We entered the crawlspace of the home and found the wood sill resting on deteriorated bricks set at different distances apart which caused the wood sills supporting the walls to bow and become uneven. The foundations of older homes must be evaluated in any home inspection.
 
 

Plumbing

 
Odd Odor — The Silver Home Inspection in Springs, CO
The renter, in a panic, called telling House Check complaining of an odd odor in the home. The renter complained the landlord said he could not smell anything and to get some air fresheners. We were called in to investigate the situation.
 
Sewer Line Cracked — The Silver Home Inspection in Springs, CO
We entered the crawlspace of the home to find raw sewage covering the crawlspace floor. The sewer line was cracked and raw sewage was being dumped into the home. The renters, using our report, received their deposit back and moved out.
 
Broken Sewer Line — The Silver Home Inspection in Springs, CO
We can also detect the hidden leaks behind the insulation caused by a broken sewer line from a toilet.
 
 
Identified a Crack in The Sewer Line — The Silver Home Inspection in Springs, CO
We identified a crack in the sewer line that had been leaking for a good period of time. These are the deficiencies we can identify on your new purchase if they exist.
 
 
 

Attics

 
Roof Support was Spongy and Soft — The Silver Home Inspection in Springs, CO
Most home buyers do not look in the attic when walking through a home. This buyer called House Check after choosing a nice inexpensive home in the mountains. We noticed the roof was “spongy” and soft. When we entered the attic it was noted all the support rafters for the roof were rotted.
 
Roof Support Damage — The Silver Home Inspection in Springs, CO
This condition caused the buyers to walk away with a big thank you to House Check.
 
 

Other Observations

 
Water Staining is a Sign — The Silver Home Inspection in Springs, CO
The home in this case was empty. The roof flashing caused these water stains. Water staining is a sign of a roof leak or bathroom plumbing issue. This is one of the many observational tools we utilize to root out defective conditions during a home inspection.
 
Wall Foundation Damage — The Silver Home Inspection in Springs, CO
This is a case of “who let the dog out”. Apparently the family pet was tied in the garage while the owners were at work. Being a male dog he had to do his business some place. The main structural support post in the garage apparently was his choice “fire hydrant” which, as one can see, was severely rusted out.
 
 
A home inspection is a critical part of evaluating your investment. House Check is locally owned and has been serving the Colorado Springs area for more than 30 years. Give us a call today and rest assured that we will provide quality without compromise.