1. Footings and Foundation Walls.
Inspect for cracks, water damage, shifting, or settling that could cause structural instability.
2. Crawl Space Integrity.
Check ensures the crawl space is free from moisture and pests that could damage the structure over time.
3. Drainage System.
Ensure no blockages are preventing adequate drainage or flooding of the foundation walls.
4. Window Wells and Flashing.
Check for signs of corrosion, corrosion protection, or deterioration around window wells and flashing to avoid any water penetration in the home.
5. Exterior Siding and Trim.
Look for signs of rot or decay that could weaken the exterior siding and trim which could lead to moisture infiltration inside your home.
Inspect the yard for proper grading to ensure water is directed away from the foundation walls and not toward them.
7. Landscape Bed Separation.
Look for signs of soil erosion or inadequate separation between landscape beds and the home’s foundation which can cause structural damage over time.
8. Basement Wall Joints.
Check that joints are properly sealed and caulked to prevent moisture infiltration in the basement area of your home.
9. Roof System.
Inspect roofing components such as flashing, eaves, valleys, and gutters for any potential problems that could cause water infiltration inside your home.
10. Patios, Steps, Porches, and Decks.
Make sure all support structures are secure and that any wood or stone surfaces are free from rot, decay, or structural instability.