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kaylamay
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HI all.
We recently had a home inspection for a new home and the home inspector agreed with us and told us that we needed a structural engineer to check the foundation. I explained this to the builder and they brushed me off saying this is a brand new home and the county would not let the house pass inspection if it was not good. I am going to attach some pictures of the foundation issues that were found. Am I overreacting or should an engineer be called out? Would you all have agreed with him? Also? what the heck are these things that look like little anchors? The house is considered new and only 2 years old.
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Mike Casey
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Kaylamay: First, the small "anchor" items at the exterior look to be access for pest control treatment. But I could be wrong.

Regarding the foundation, if the county inspections assured us all homes had no problems there would not be such as great demand for home inspections. County inspections merely check for minimum standard compliance, and usually only a representative sampling.

The cracking in the driveway is rather typical, however, does indicate not great concrete placement practices. The cracking in the garage slab near the stemwall could indicate some rotation, or if could be simply cosmetic. I do agree it is a bit more than normal. It sounds like you will need to retain your own engineer to go have a look as the builder seems to be shrugging the cracks off.

Thank you.

Mike Casey
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kaylamay
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thank you so much for the reply.

We had never seen those " anchor" things before. They aren't plastic and cannot be pulled out. Is that normal?

Yeah. We terminated the contract. The agent for the builder kept saying there was no way the county would let it pass inspection with cracks like that and there was no way the cracks went all the way across the garage. So. I guess that is it. Shame cause I fell in love with the house. The bedroom upstairs had even started to get cracks due to settling. shoulda two-year-old house show settling marks that quickly?
Mike Casey
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Kalamay: Every house will get some interior settlement and or thermal/moisture movement cracking. The defining factor is how much. Sounds like you made your decision and another house will come along most likely even better. I am not sure what the plugs are for based upon the photos.
Thank you.

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Donald Lawson
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A Builder will always tell you that a City or County Inspector has "inspected" their home and it was fine. However, the sad truth is that these inspectors are generally incompetent or just don't care. Most will be at your home less than 30 minutes before heading out to another home. Take your Inspectors advice and get a Structural Engineer. It will be very difficult for your Builder to argue with their findings!

Donald Lawson
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