Structural Inspection | Tampa | A structural inspection is a thorough examination of a home’s slab, foundation, exterior walls, flooring and accessory structures, such as bump-outs and chimneys. Our experienced engineers closely examine every part of a home’s structure. This information becomes especially important because a single structural fault could put your investment at risk
When to Consider a Structural Inspection
If you are considering the purchase of a home that is more than 40 to 50 years old or that is on a flood plain, you may need this type of an inspection. If there has been a recent fire, flood or problem such, as a burst pipe, this is also a reason to have the home inspected structurally. In places with heavy clay soil or sandy soils, that are prone to shifting, inspecting the home’s structure can identify problems. Some of these issues may include bowing or cracked walls that could cause the entire structure to fail. You might also need this type of an inspection if you notice that doors or windows on your home are not flush, or if there are new or growing cracks on your walls and ceilings
What the Inspection Entails
The inspector will access the home’s foundation or slab by accessing the basement or crawl space. The inspector will use tools such as a borescope, digital camera and flash light to see clearly, and take photos of any flaws that are discovered. The foundation will be inspected on its interior and exterior sides. The structure of the home’s flooring and walls will be checked for cracks and separation. Any decorative exterior brick walls will also be checked.
Using Information About a Home’s Structural Faults
You can use the information we provide about structural flaws in order to make repairs to your home. If you are considering buying a home, you could use the information to renegotiate the sales price. Sellers can use the information for making essential structural repairs.