During your inspection, we make it a point to be on the look-out for issues like termites, mold, and any foundation concerns. These are things that sometimes go unnoticed...a small line of dirt where it shouldn’t be; a patch of something strange that may look like it’s just a stain; a tiny crack in your foundation.
Integrity Inspection Service understands that sometimes, what looks like a minor issue may actually be a major concern. That’s why we take the extra time to ensure that we know what we’re looking at before we complete our inspection.
What Can Termites Do to a House?
In the damp, humid areas of your house - the crawlspace, basement, and even in cabinets that cover plumbing - you may be harboring termites.
Termite damage can be extremely dangerous to your home. As the tiny bugs gnaw through organic material like the wood used in your house’s frame, over time they can severely damage the structural integrity of your home.
If you see pencil-sized rows of dirt, dobs of what looks like dirt on your walls, or holes in suspicious wood-based areas such as baseboards and window or door trims, Integrity Inspector Service is ready to come perform an inspection for you.
Is House Mold Dangerous?
Extremely! House mold comes with a variety of health problems, most notably to the lungs. Mold spores are toxic and so small that they are easily breathed in. While some people may not show signs that they are sick, others can suffer from health issues related to mold in the home, including allergy-like symptoms and skin irritation.
Mold can easily grow in your home, with your bathroom and kitchen being two popular places. While most people believe that mold only grows in hot, humid areas, that isn’t true. Mold can grow wherever humidity is found, regardless of a home’s actual temperature. It’s also worth noting that not all mold is the same, with some more dangerous than others.
What are Common Foundation Problems?
Foundations of all types can present structural concerns, and we know them all: bowing, moisture intrusion, cracks, and sinking, among others.
Cracks in Foundation
If you’re seeing cracks in your foundation, especially large vertical ones, there’s a good chance that the crack is a lot deeper than you suspect. These larger cracks can leak water into your home, further damaging your interior. Other times, you may see cracks in your foundation that point to foundation bowing or a sinking foundation.
Foundation Wall Bowing
Foundation walls are most commonly seen in homes with a basement or crawlspace, though there are other times that they serve a practical purpose. Over time, these walls can begin to bow, causing cracks in your walls and mortar joints.
A sinking foundation is usually the result of the soil beneath it settling. As this soil settles, a house can become too heavy for it, forcing the foundation deeper into the ground. This can cause
If you think you may have foundation issues, the first thing to do is search for symptoms. Look for floors or ceilings that sag, if there are any gaps between exterior walls and windows, or if your walls seem to be bowing. These are all signs that something may be wrong with your foundation - signs that it’s time to call Integrity Inspection Service.