I have done an All Pro Home Inspection on a newer house – lower than a year old.
The customer couldn’t understand why there were a lot of stress cracks starting to occur all through the interiors. Doors went out of true and plumb were turning into difficult to run, the floors sloped and also the hardwood floors started to reveal large spaces on areas.
After having a geologist eliminated any soil problems I went into the crawl space to evaluate things out.
This didn’t take very long to find out several framing oddities. There were clearly shims included with the sill plate to make up for an bumpy footing in areas, there were two sill plates added in at sections of the foundation instead of one, horizontal supports did not line up properly, huge spaces were observed in between the top part of the concrete and sill plate.
All this funky work contributed to the truth that someone was attempting to make amends for a major fault in the foundation.
Just after doing more investigation I discovered that the foundation had actually been added 5 inches away from level from one end to the other. The attempted corrections were inadequate since the house was going through much more than usual settlement.
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