A building’s stability is dependent on a permanent foundation. If not laid properly, problems ranging in severity can develop, possibly threatening your home’s value and safety. Structural issues include upheaving, settling, and cracking. Of the three, settling is more common, as every house gradually moves into the ground. The rate and depth at which this happens, however, will vary depending on soil composition and climate.
“About half of the homes in the United States are built on expansive soils” (qtd. by the Arizona Geological Survey). Expansive soils, like those found in Arizona, contain clay that change in volume. During monsoon season, rainfall can cause significant changes in the mass of soil, ultimately contributing to settling. Too much settling can result in substantial problems and are an invitation for pests to enter your home.
Early detection of structural problems can save you a lot of time and money. Left in disrepair, even the smallest crack can worsen, and turn into a major problem. Protect your investment by hiring home inspectors in Phoenix to come inspect your foundation. Avoid problems from the start by hiring a reputable home inspection company that is certified to complete inspections in your state. Communication is essential, as well.
Foundation Types in Arizona
According to the National Association of Home Builders, more than 40 percent of new single-family homes located in the mountain region and started in 2016 were built with full or partial basements. Almost equal the number of homes were built on slab foundations. Only a very small number of homes were built with crawl spaces.
Signs of a Foundation Problem
According to Realtor.com, structural problems will visually reveal themselves, so be on the lookout for any of the following signs:
- Uneven floors
- Leaning chimneys
- Bowing exterior walls
- Sinking front/back porches
- Significant concrete chipping
- Frequent water intrusion or damage
- Gaps between exterior windows and walls
- Cracks in the interior/exterior wall or floor of your home
- Door or windows that stick when attempting to open them
Of course, home inspectors in Phoenix are your best bet for accurately identifying any structural issues.
Safeguard Your Peace of Mind
King Home Inspections guarantees thorough home inspections, every time. Our home inspectors, who have extensive construction experience, complete a total of two inspections per day. That ensures 100 percent of the home inspectors’ attention is given to you and your property. Detailed computer-generated reports are always provided the same-day of the inspection. Contact us to schedule a home inspection today at (602) 550-1913.