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This is NOT how to build  a foundation pier!
This is NOT how to build a foundation pier!
11/8/2015 9:16:39 PM
 Bad things happen when someone tears down a single-story house and replaces it with a two and one-half story one, if they don't reinforce the foundations.  In this case, we encountered this situation where someone added piers after the fact, with no regard whatsoever to how they're supposed to be done.  The piers on this property were installed in random locations without regard to symmetry or structural support, they were made of a mixture of bricks and broken slumpstone blocks, they were installed with up to six inches of plywood "shims" of sorts, and many if not most of them were either crumbling or falling over.

The owners, who were present at the time of inspection, were unaware of this situation.  They said the home inspector they retained at the time they purchased the home was unable to enter the crawlspace due to its extremely small size.  We were able to enter it and spend nearly 45 minutes documenting incorrect building and plumbing issues.  The termite inspector who the buyer called, who arrived shortly after we began our investigation, was unable to enter the crawlspace at all.  Your inspector should be both willing and physically able to enter all areas of the property.
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