Foundation Problems to watch for when searching for a new home.
Many home buyers are rightfully concerned about the condition of the foundation on their pending investment. Whether caused by mechanical defects, or by ‘mother nature’, Foundation Problems are something to watch for when searching for a new home.
One of the big problems that we have here in the desert is a condition known as ‘expansive soil’.
This is where there are veins or layers of a clay known as ‘expansive soil’, that is very reactive to moisture. With the addition of some water, like during a monsoon rainstorm, this expansive soil can swell to many times it original volume. Then, during a span of very hot and dry conditions, this soil will then shrink again to its original volume, or maybe a little less. These changes can have an adverse effect on foundations, sidewalks, driveways, pools, etc.
I have prepared a video showing some of the more severe settling effects on a property that would raise a red flag on its condition. In a case such as this, a certified foundation inspector should probably be hired to check things out.