Home Inspection Focus the Basement
Basements of homes vary from completely functional living areas to just dingy crawl spaces a place to stash a furnace or laundry room.
If you are hiring a home inspector of course they are going to be looking in the basement as well as the rest of your property. Basements can be a place to enjoy family time or place water can penetrate or creepy crawly bugs live.
Basements offer unique issues depending on the part of the country you live in. Here in the upper Midwest most homes have basements. The Midwest is primarily soil so our basements are built into environments that are by nature moist. Dampness can lead to mold and mildew so proper drainage during construction is a necessity. Sometimes these systems fail and that may result in water in a basement effecting carpets sheet rock and wood.
Most basements, by the sheer nature of the fact that they are built into the ground, present the possibility that water can intrude; turning what was once a dry basement into a wet basement. This is because water in the soil can put constant pressure on basement walls. Plus, water follows the path of least resistance inside a home and over time can find its way into a basement.
Most common components in a basement may differ depending on the way a property is set up the age of the property etc. Some items a Home Inspection Company may evaluate,
Furnaces, AC units – Furnaces are typically staged in basements for the simple reason that heat rises. This basic principal makes your furnace work a lot less and allowing for a longer life of this appliance. Furnaces can also house Air Conditioning Coils if your home is set up for Central Air. Other components that will be inspected would be ductwork, gas or oil supply lines, and fresh air intake. Exhaust gas venting.
Water Heaters – Much like furnaces water is heated in a tank and when hot water is requested when a faucet is turned on hot water is sent o the faucets location. Since heat rises it makes sense to house water heaters in the low section of a home. Water heaters may also be inspected for Exhaust venting, supply lines etc.
Electrical Systems – Most certainly a basement would have some sort of power ran to it. Since there is a high chance of moisture buildup In a basement the chances of corrosion can be increased. If a home has had substantial water intrusion electrical outlets can be checked to insure their integrity.
Plumbing Systems - Plumbing may include standard sinks and toilets in a basement but it also may include Sump Pumps if your home is equipped with a drain tile system. The sump pump is triggered when a catch basin fills with water the pump then directs the water out of the basin and into an area away from the homes foundation. Also primary drains will be located in the basement, as well as access points to gain access to the primary plumbing lines that connect a home to a sewer line provided by the city.
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