“Some basements have shifted but it’s within normal tolerance of the foundation walls and there isn’t a problem,” said Nick Welty, owner of InspectorNick.com. “However, I’ve also seen many basements that do need repaired after our dry summer.”
Welty says signs for foundation movement include cracks above doorways and in new locations around the home. Un-level basement floors may also be an indicator that the foundation has moved and needs inspected. An unbiased home inspector or structural engineer can evaluate a basement and determine if the movement is within normal tolerance and expected to shift back, or if repairs are needed.
“An unbiased professional doesn’t have a vested interest in inspecting the home, so the answer might be no repairs or work is needed,” said Welty. “I tell all of my clients to have someone who’s unbiased look at the basement first, and then call a foundation repair specialist if work needs to be done.”
Basement repair is critical for homeowners hoping to maintain the structural integrity of a home. Homeowners are encouraged to use a soaker hose near the foundation for an hour each day to prevent any further shifting. If basement cracks aren’t addressed, progressive foundation movement, structural framing issues and leaks may occur.
InspectorNIck.com is a home inspection company based out of Lee’s Summit, MO specializing in structural, mechanical, roof, termite and radon evaluations. The team inspects homes all over the Kansas City Metro area and was named one of Angie’s List Best of Kansas City Contractors of 2011. To learn more, please visit http://www.inspectornick.com or call (816) 347-8955.