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Is getting a home inspection worth it?

These are the common questions home buyers/sellers might think of before scheduling an inspection. Here you can find the 3 major reasons that help you analyze if a home inspection is really worth it and why you should get a home inspection done by professional inspectors like RSH engineers?
1. Before ordering an inspection, compare the service offerings and quality with their costs to determine whether you are getting worth services or not?
2. To get an idea, check and compare prices in your city. Search online using queries such as “House inspection cost in Dallas”.
3. When you use house inspection cost in Dallas, consider specialized & add-on services, engineers as inspectors, detailed reports, extensive experience, etc.
For full benefits, always hire a certified and experienced home inspector or choose a service that fits the bill.
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A Survey Inspector’s Guide to Issues in Home Inspection

Drainage issues

In every new home inspection, drainage problems are commonly identified. These unrectified drainage problems have the potential to affect the very foundation of the structure, which will result not only in expensive repairs but also effect the structural strength. Some of the common issues that cause drainage problems are –

  1. Grade sloping: This is usually a slope back towards the home that leads to damp or wet crawlspaces, foundation movement, cracking or settlement. This can also cause growth of mold or foundation movement.
  2. Moisture: This comes through soil in crawlspace where there is no proper venting.
  3. Cracks and offsets: These happen when root intrusion happens in the main sewer line.
  4. Structural, moisture and concrete settlement issues: This happens due to poor drainage of gutters and downspouts. These are easily fixable issues that have the potential to cause major problems.
  5. Reversed splash pads: Eave troughs collect large amounts of water which is dispersed at the ground level and cause the majority of the issues.

The following pictures show various areas around the house that may experience accumulation of moisture.

 

Areas around foundations are prone to settling and should be built back up to ensure that any water will flow away from the home. Here are a few basic recommendations on how to avoid moisture accumulation and protect the foundation:

  1. It is recommended to maintain or provide positive slope away from the foundation with space of one inch of fall per foot for the first five feet. Foundation dirt must be used in case soil has to be added around the foundation. Loam (a combination of sand, silt and clay) can also be used for supporting foundations because it maintains water at a balanced rate.
  2. Maintain or provide splash blocks or downspout extenders at all gutter downspouts to discharge at least five feet from the foundation.
  3. Maintain or create a non-irrigated zone around the foundation for 5 feet, though 3 feet is the minimum requirement.
  4. Use a mesh fabric barrier adjacent to the foundation as it allows moisture in the soil to evaporate. Do not use plastic weed barriers.
  5. Downspout extensions are not very attractive and can be very obtrusive, however they can carry drainage away from the home foundation.

To prevent or minimize structural movement

Firstly, it is important to prevent moisture accumulation in the foundation subsoils. Often the foundation issues will not be apparent, however, as the structure grows older the soil will expand and/or contract causing the foundation to shift. These foundation issues can be repaired by installing piers around the foundation. Each pier will cost between $300 to $800 and they are placed every 6 to 10 feet around the perimeter of the foundation.The key to preventing or minimizing structural movement is to prevent moisture accumulation in the foundation subsoils. Generally, water accumulation happens in low spot/flat/improper/low/negatively sloped drainage area towards the house where water ponds can form and cause the foundation to shift. These are all building code violations.

RSH recommends that all low spot/flat/improper/low/negatively sloped drainage areas should be provided a positive slope (away from the foundation) of 1-inch of drop every foot for the first five feet if possible. Building code requires minimum drainage slope of 6-inch drop-in 10-feet away from the foundation. Do not let water pool/pond around and within 5-feet of foundation

Mathew Joseph, P.E. with RSH Engineering, Inc. has performed thousands of inspections in the DFW areas since 1994. One of the most common issues that Mathew finds in a home is poor drainage slope around the foundation.

Call Mathew with any of your questions regarding your home and he can provide free consulting for up to 5 minutes. (972)523-5746.  www.rshengineering.com.

 

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RSH Engineering – a Reputed Home Inspection Company in Texas

Do you need quality and safety check services for your property? RSH Engineering is a reputed Home Inspection company in Texas with an experienced and qualified team of professionals equipped with the latest technology tools. As home inspection is becoming a necessity these days, RSH offers a variety of home and building inspection services for both commercial and residential properties. RSH Engineering, with over two decades of industry experience, carries out quality checks for any kind of building/ commercial space. RSH Engineering is a leading home inspection company in Texas that follows well-defined standards and set of rules for conducting inspections. RSH Engineering is also well-known for only employing engineers for the inspection work, instead of general contractors, as is fairly common in the industry.