I did an All Pro Home Inspection on the newer home – less than a year old.
The customer could not comprehend why there have been a lot of stress cracks starting to happen throughout the interiors. Doors went out of true and plumb were becoming difficult to operate, the floors sloped and also the hardwood floors started to display large gaps in areas.
After a geologist ruled out any soil problems I went into the crawl space to check things out.
This didn’t take very long to uncover several framing oddities. There were clearly shims included with the sill plate to make up for an bumpy ground in areas, there initially were two sill plates added in at sections of the foundation rather than one, horizontal supports didn’t fall into line correctly, large spaces were noted between the top part of the concrete and sill plate.
All this odd work contributed to the fact that somebody was trying to compensate for a major fault in the foundation.
Just after carrying out further investigation I discovered that this foundation had actually been poured 5 inches away from level from one end to another. The attempted corrections were insufficient because the home was undergoing much more than normal settlement.
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