Function: The support structure carries the load of the floors and walls horizontally to the foundations, while the upper side generally provides the flat surface we walk on.

What We Look At: Floor joists, beams, columns, stairway supports, etc.  Many times these components have been modified to finish off an area. . .often by an amateur. Dry rot is very common in older homes, as is over-spanning of floor joists and related sagging.  Not all sagging presents a structural deficiency, and should be viewed on a case-by-case basis. 

Typical problems we see are: Dry rot in older homes; "do-it-yourself" modifications to structural components (on a recent inspection I noted where the homeowner added a full four-season porch on top of an existing deck, without properly reinforcing it. The added weight caused the floor to sag, the windows & doors not to open, etc.); insect damage; etc.

 

   
Some Examples Of Support Structure Problems We've Encountered

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Improperly installed lags have allowed this

adjustable steel post to deflect, and 

seriously impairs its load bearing capacity.

Notched floor joists under bathroom. It appears

the plumber intended to run plumbing lines

here, then changed his mind!

Rusted bottom portion of adjustable

steel post.  Loss of wall thickness in the

post impairs its ability to carry proper loads.

      

            

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