DIY Home Inspection Part 2. Not ready to go inside yet.
Wednesday May 05th, 2021
In the last edition, we talked about looking at the outside of the house. In my next section, I will go over the inside of the house.
I forgot to go over one other thing to look at before looking at the inside of the house.
Why is this important? Poor drainage resulting in leaky basements often stems from having an insufficient slope away from the foundation. To do land grading properly, you must first know how much slope you need to have away from the house foundation. Walk around the whole house, making sure the grade slopes away from the foundation and basement wall. A good rule of thumb is the ground should slope away from the foundation with a verticle drop of about 8 inches, 2 feet of horizontal distance from the wall.
Check sidewalks and patios as well. Properly made paved surfaces should slope away from the foundation by a pitch of about 1/4 inch per horizontal foot of distance. If you find that not to be the case, then you have to do some math and/or budget for this to be corrected.
Check the downspouts. They should be at least 4 feet away from the house. You can get horizontal extensions to solve this problem.
Check the driveway. If it slopes towards the house, that may be a bit of an expensive fix. Again, you must factor this into your final decision to put an offer in and possibly buying the house.