RedStar Home Inspection offers a Zip Level Inspection with all home inspections
Zip Level Inspection: A zip level is used to measure the foundation and note the different elevations at each corner of the home. This tool assures that you know exactly where the foundation has moved and by how much. This is the same tool that engineers use to provide foundation reports. So you can rest assured that you will know everything you need to know about the foundation of your future home.
The foundation is one of the most important, if not THE most important aspect of determining the longevity of a structure. When a foundation moves excessively it can affect many aspects of the home. Such movement can cause the structural integrity of the home to become compromised. It can also create plumbing leaks, doors and windows that don’t open and close properly, as well as visible gaps between doors, windows, cabinets and other components.
Zip Level Inspections: All foundations have some degree of movement. When the movement is within an acceptable range, it is just considered “settlement”. But when the foundation has excessive movement it can be a red flag!
So why does foundation move? There are several factors that can cause foundation movement, but the most common has to do with the soil. The soil that your foundation was built on is in constant flux. Climate plays a big role in how your foundation is performing. If the soil is extremely dry, it will contract which can change the support and stability of the structure. If the soil is constantly wet, it will expand and push on the foundation causing it to shift and crack. It’s important to keep your foundation moist but not oversaturated. Proper drainage around your foundation is also vital. Another reason can be that the home was built on soil that was not properly compacted. Large tree roots can also shift foundation if they are planted to close to the home. Home inspections are available in Galveston as well.
Needless to say, there are many factors in regards to foundation movement, and repairs can be quite costly. So knowing how the foundation is performing prior to buying a home can save you from buying someone else’s problems. That’s why we’re here, to give you all the information you need so you can make an educated decision.