Your Basement Inspection
A basement inspection is a vital part of your home inspection package:
Issues that can be discovered during a basement inspection include foundation cracks, gaps or uneven surfaces can be a sign of water of other issues and can lead to water damage, flooding and structural problems.
We also look for moisture and water damage from leaking pipes, ground water seepage through windows, wall fixtures or cracks as well as moisture stemming from lack of proper ventilation or insulation. We also look for signs of past flooding or water damage.
We check the health of the basement appliances and systems where boilers, HVAC systems, plumbing, and electrical systems are often located. We check for bad odors, leaks and signs of frequent repairs. We check pipes for signs of leaks, mold, and discoloration. With electrical systems we are on the lookout for circuit breaker trips, warm outlets, frayed wiring and flickering lights.
Air Quality is vital to good health
Basements that have moisture and ventilation problems can cause mold to grow as well as the build-up of radon gas (testing for radon is not included in a standard inspection but available as an add-on) in the air or water that circulate in the home. Additional problems can be the invasion of pests, which can cause more damage and pose health risks to humans.