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i have a house that i have an offer on inspected today and the only problem they found was this. pictures were taken in the "cold room" where the walls are unfinished and the concrete is exposed. how major of a problem is it really? thanks!


 

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Can you take a few steps back or zoom out a photo? Looks a cold joint at first glance, or maybe the form blew out along the bottom and they chipped it back. Sometimes the inspector will recommend a second opinion from an engineer. What did the inspector say about it, exactly?
 

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Can you take a few steps back or zoom out a photo? Looks a cold joint at first glance, or maybe the form blew out along the bottom and they chipped it back. Sometimes the inspector will recommend a second opinion from an engineer. What did the inspector say about it, exactly?
Those are the only pictures that i have. I do not own the house yet and the inspection took place earlier today. The inspector said that it is efflorescence due to poor water drainage around the perimeter of the foundation...from a blocked french drain or lack of french drain. The house is in original condition bulit in 1962. I really like the house and am hoping that this is not a deal breaker.
 

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home or rental ? neither would be a dealbreaker to me,,, don't see any present indication of leaking water,,, IF you need more assurance, call in a pe,,, imn-s-hfo, i wouldn't trust the opinion of ANY ' inspector ' UNLESS he was also a pe specializing in home inspections but that's just me :)
 

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home or rental ? neither would be a dealbreaker to me,,, don't see any present indication of leaking water,,, IF you need more assurance, call in a pe,,, imn-s-hfo, i wouldn't trust the opinion of ANY ' inspector ' UNLESS he was also a pe specializing in home inspections but that's just me :)
It's a home. The bottom 3-4 inches all around the inside foundation wall(only 2 walls are bare) seems to be flaking. There is no sign of mold or water. What causes this?
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It's a home. The bottom 3-4 inches all around the inside foundation wall(only 2 walls are bare) seems to be flaking. There is no sign of mold or water. What causes this?
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Water intrusion at the base. It could have happened years ago, it could have happened in the past couple of years. Never trust the word of a Home Inspector, since they are only giving an opinion. If you want to pay extra, call in a engineer to check the foundation. Most likely it is safe, and there is nothing to worry about.
 

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Water intrusion at the base. It could have happened years ago, it could have happened in the past couple of years. Never trust the word of a Home Inspector, since they are only giving an opinion. If you want to pay extra, call in a engineer to check the foundation. Most likely it is safe, and there is nothing to worry about.
By looking at the pictures, how "severe" does it look? Its my first home and I am trying to keep expenses down. Thanks
 

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So severe that there is no problem You are worrying about nothing. How old is the house, where is it located? Really as long as the foundation is sound, building structure does not show any water or weather damage, electric is safe & sound, hvac is good, I would not worry. If the inspector was recommended by the realtor and you want another opinion on the structure, then you are free to find another inspector that is listed in the ASHA website for your area.
 

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So severe that there is no problem You are worrying about nothing. How old is the house, where is it located? Really as long as the foundation is sound, building structure does not show any water or weather damage, electric is safe & sound, hvac is good, I would not worry. If the inspector was recommended by the realtor and you want another opinion on the structure, then you are free to find another inspector that is listed in the ASHA website for your area.
Built in 1962. Its a semi detatched duplex. I live in Montreal, Canada. It is not near a lake or river.
 

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How long did the inspector take? Also, how through were they on the inspection? If it was me, I would also pull the info on permits if any, if there has been obvious signs of work.

House across the street from me is for sale, and when I went through it to see what it looked like, right off the top before going in, I saw 30 or so pronlems, and a few more the neighbor next door to it, pointed out.

Sometimes it takes more than one set of eyes, along with a neutral party to go over the inspector inspection. If you have the report, upload it here if you do not mind, because if you are set on this house, it may help you decide if it is worth going for.

I am pretty opioniated, especially when it comes to people not doing their job, and just wanting it done with.
 
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