Written by April Reinhardt (last updated February 15, 2021)
If you are a homeowner, part of a responsible home maintenance program must include an annual inspection of your foundation. Foundation cracks are signs of damage and, if left untreated, can potentially cost thousands of dollars in repairs later on. Depending upon the size of your home, the quantity of trees and shrubs around your house, and the type of ground cover near the foundation, inspection can take as little as thirty minutes or as much as a few hours. No matter the time it takes to inspect your foundation, a few hours investment now may save you a huge amount of time and money later.
Inspecting your foundation does not require any specialized tools. After all, it is simply an inspection. All you need is a pad of paper, a writing instrument, and a keen eye. Follow these steps for inspecting your foundation:
After you've checked your foundation, since you have your paper and are already taking notes, look up and check the house windows for signs of molding or windowsill rot, check the soffits for rot, look at the eaves and check for damage, and check the downspouts and ensure that they are all connected and draining away from your foundation.
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