I did an All Pro Home Inspection on the newer home – lower than one year old.
The customer could not comprehend why there have been a lot of stress cracks beginning to happen throughout the interiors. Doors ran out of true and plumb were turning into hard to operate, the floors steep and the hardwood flooring began to display big spaces on areas.
After having a geologist ruled out any soil issues I entered the crawl space to check things out.
It didn’t take very long to discover numerous framing oddities. There were shims added to the sill plate to make up for the uneven ground on areas, there were two sill plates added at areas of the foundation rather than one, horizontal supports didn’t fall into line properly, huge spaces were observed between the top of the concrete and sill plate.
All this odd job contributed to the truth that somebody was trying to compensate for a big fault on the foundation.
After doing further investigation I discovered that this foundation had been poured five inches out of level from a single end to another. The attempted corrections were insufficient as the home was undergoing more than normal settlement.
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