Please see the list below for details. Due to the conditions listed, I recommend that a structural engineer evaluate the foundation. Repairs should be made by a qualified licensed contractor. Also recommend contacting the seller and HOA prior to the close of sale for additional information as it appeared previous repairs have been made.
Note: The crawlspace hatch is severely deteriorated and should be replaced.
1) This crawlspace was accessed through a foundation hatch at the back patio, East West corner of the property. Dirt floor, The crawlspace floor was dirt. No soil cover was installed at the time of the inspection. Soil covers help reduce humidity levels in crawlspaces by limiting moisture evaporation into the air from soil. Reducing humidity levels can help prevent conditions that encourage mold growth and wood decay.
2) Debris accumulated in the crawlspace should be removed before the final walk-through. Wet wood also attracts insects like termites and carpenter ants whose colonies cause wood damage
3) Damp soil visible-
Soil in the crawlspace was visibly damp or wet. This condition may be the result of rising ground water or may result from surface runoff seeping under and/or through the foundation walls. High moisture levels in soil beneath the foundation can effect its ability to support the weight of the structure above and may cause structural damage from soil movement. Moisture intrusion can also damage home materials and encourage the growth of microbes such as mold. The source of the moisture should be identified and the condition corrected by a qualified contractor.
4) Sagging framing
Framing visible in the crawlspace was visibly sagging. The Inspector recommends additional framing be installed by a qualified contractor to correct or stabilize this condition.
5) Wood crushing
In the crawlspace, wood support posts appeared to be inadequate and exhibited crushing. The Inspector recommends that proper support posts be installed by a qualified contractor.
6) CMU turned wrong way
In the crawlspace, concrete masonry units (CMU, commonly known as concrete block) installed as supports beneath the girder supporting floor joists were installed in their weak orientation. This condition is improper and could result in structural failure. The inspector recommends installation of proper supports by a qualified contractor.
7) Poorly supported pipe - A 1inch copper line approx 20-30 lineal feet was not supported.
Drain, waste and vent pipes visible in the crawlspace were poorly supported. This condition should be corrected using proper supports to ensure proper drainage and prevent blockages. All corrections should be made by a qualified plumbing contractor.