Structural inspections are unnecessary for most home buyers. A home inspector may find issues or problems during a standard home inspection and recommend a structural inspection. Lenders may also request a structural inspection before issuing certain types of loans. Beryl Project Engineering provides reliable, thorough structural inspections in Tampa.
The purpose of a structural inspection is to determine if any defects, post-construction issues, weather events or other distortions have weakened or compromised a property’s structure. This can be an issue with older homes or other structures that have been subjected to extreme stresses like hurricanes or earthquakes.
Structural inspections in Tampa focus primarily on the following vital structural areas:
Foundation components are absolutely crucial for a secure and safe structure. Problems with any of the foundation system can result in serious structural failures. This can be cracks in the concrete foundation, rot or other defects in wooden framing or structural components or damages from termites, water or other stresses.
The roof of any home will be generally observed in any standard home inspection. But a structural engineer performing a structural inspection will focus on the roof’s structural integrity. He or she will study its components with an eye on discovering any defects or damages that affect the overall health of the roof system.
Certain types of cracks are merely superficial and not a cause for concern. A qualified structural engineer performing structural inspections in Tampa will know the difference between a cosmetic crack and a crack that indicates serious problems with the structural components or foundation of the home being inspected. Severe cracks in important components can indicate a lack of structural integrity and the need for extensive repairs.
Sloping or Canted Floors
Sloping or canted floors are a sure sign that structural components underneath have been in some way compromised. Sloping floors are generally caused by stressed, bent or broken wooden support joists that are designed to support the floor structure and the home. Some flexing is natural as a home ages but excess bending or slants typically indicate a more significant problem.
Bowing or Leaning Walls
Bulging, bowing or leaning walls are sure indications of structural issues with the home. The foundational and securing components for the walls have sagged or deteriorated and allowed the wall to begin collapsing. This is a serious problem and should never be ignored. The wall could collapse and allow other parts of the home to also give way.