Okay, so I wasn't able to get under the
house. That hole was just too small. But
we still need to find out whether or not
this house needs foundation repairs! So
how do we do it?
You know the reason you
crawl under the house is because
you're looking at the piers. Are they
leaning? You know, we're looking at the
house for settlement cracks. You know
over the doors like right here, and in
the brick and in the walls. But, that's
just guessing, that's so subjective.
"Oh, there's cracks maybe there's a
What we need to do, is have
another tool in order to really
determine with data, whether or not the
house is settling in areas and needs
repair. So how do we do that?
Enter the precision altimeter! It's a computer, a
mini computer, this is the same thing
that the engineer uses when you have him
come out. It's about a three hundred
dollar test is what they, they charge and
of course I do much better than that. But
this is a, you have to pay an engineer
about three hundred dollars in order to
to do this test. And so I'm going to go
around the whole house. I'm going to drag
this cord here filled with the
antifreeze, so that it won't freeze, that’s why they have it.
And so this little computer is going to go from
place to place in this house and tell us
how far it's sunk. And we'll know very
quickly if this place is sinking and how
much and whether it needs a repair. So let's take the first look at this one.
Almost five inches this section has sunk.
It's pretty crazy. So I'll go throughout
the whole house and I'll have my little
iPad and I'll plot all of the different
measurements, as we go around the house.
And this will tell us how much repair is
needed, give us a good idea rather, and
it'll also tell us roughly how many
piers are there that need to be repaired.
And at the end of the day I'll be able
to advise this customer and this buyer
whether or not, you know, how many, how
much repair is needed. And typically the
foundation guys will say anything above
three inches, it's time to start looking
at a repair.
And so how much does a
repair cost on a house like this? This is
a, about a 1,500 square foot home. The
next-door neighbor had his foundation
repaired for about $8,000. The neighbor
next to him had the foundation repaired
for $15,000. So it just depends on who
you call and what kind of warranty
you're looking for.
But, today I'm gonna go through the house I'm gonna plot all
the areas and we're gonna find out how
much this place is sinking.
Obviously we already saw it's about five
inches, so we know that there's gonna
need to be a repair here. But we can help
the buyer, you can help the buyer
determine, you know how much is gonna
need to be done.
So, Michael Street, Fidelity Home Inspection, LLC.
that no one else goes, when I can, to help
save you money.
Alright, see ya.