A home is a significant investment for most people. It should be safe and meet building code requirements.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. A house might fail an inspection for several reasons that can be difficult to anticipate.
That’s why it is essential to understand the causes and impacts of failing an inspection so that you can take steps to prevent it.
Below are examples of why a home can fail an inspection.
- Inadequate Foundation: When foundations are not correctly installed or maintained, they can cause several problems with a building.
Water may seep into the walls and underfloor, causing damage to the building or causing water to damage electrical systems.
The foundation may settle or shift, causing cracks in masonry or floors and ceilings and creating weak spots that could cause the home to collapse.
- Sagging Roof: Old roofs may have been improperly installed or maintained. A sagging roof can cause structural problems.
These problems could include an added load to the bottom of a wall, which can cause walls to crack, ceiling beams to break, and caving in of the floor, causing damage to the structure below with subsequent damage to whatever is being protected by the foundation.
- Damaged Insulation: Loose insulation will allow moisture into a home, increasing the risk of mold and other contaminants transferred to occupants, thereby increasing their health and building-related problems.
- Water Damage: Water damage results from several conditions that may have been caused by low-quality materials, poor skills, or poor maintenance.
- Cracks in the Walls and floors: Loose mortar is a sign of problems with the wall structure.
These cracks indicate that the wall or floor was not properly constructed, which can compromise the strength and cause cracking or falling apart over time.
- Problems with the Electrical System: Problems with electrical systems can be caused by many things, including improper installation of wiring, lack of quality and properly maintained wiring, and improperly installed lighting fixtures which may all cause issues with the electrical system.
These are only a sample of the causes of a home failing an inspection.
If you are a soon-to-be homeowner concerned about the home’s quality, it may be a good idea to have a professional home inspector inspect it before you take ownership.
Work With Reliable Home Inspection Experts in Jacksonville, FL, and Other Areas in Florida
330 Inspection Services, LLC is a full-service home inspection company that has provided quality home inspections to home-buyers throughout the Jacksonville region and other areas of Florida for years.
Our inspectors are experienced in inspecting homes and will go through your house looking for problems before you buy the property.
Get in touch with one of our friendly representatives today to find out more.