A practical guide to inspecting structures
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The structure of a home is its?
skeleton, including the foundation and footings, the roof, and the framework - the floor, wall and ceiling stuctures.
Once a home is finished much of its structure is?
buried below the ground or hidden behind the coverings.
Inspecting the structure of the home is the what?
Most important step in the home inspection process?
What is the objective of the structural inspection?
To identify major deficiencies in the condition of structural members which affect their load bearing capacity, and major deficiencies in the strutural assembly or sub-assemblies.
What are you required to inspect and report on concernig structures?
Foundations, Floors, Walls, Columns, Ceilings, and roofs.
What is the first action required in inspecting structures?
Probe structural components where deterioration is suspected.
What is the second action required in inspecting structures?
Enter underfloor crawl spaces and attic spaces except when access is obstructed, when entry could damage property, or when dangerous or adverse situations are suspected.
What is the third action required in inspecting structures?
Report the methods used to observe underfloor crawl spaces and attics.
What is the fourth action required in inspecting structures?
Report signs of water penetration into the building or signs of abnormal or harmful condensation on building components.
What is the fifth action required in inspecting structures?
Report the presence or absence of seismic anchoring and bracing components, where applicable.
What are footings?
They are the bases on which the foundation rests. Footings support and distribute the weight of the structure to the soil.
What is the foundation?
The foundation is the part of a structure that supports it, transmits the weight of the structure from above-grade walls to the footings, and protects the structure from the effects of soil pressure upon it.
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