Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)

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Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House) Footings

I was doing a commercial building inspection the other day in Bellingham. I do more residential inspections that commercial inspections but a few of them appear along the way. One of the things the clients wanted to know was whether or not there was a footing below the perimeter foundation wall. It seems like there would, and should, be a footing on a large building. But that is not always the case.

Often, to determine if there is a footing or not is fairly easy to do. You can see it when in the crawl space. However, in this case, it took doing a bit of probing at the base of the foundation wall. Sure enough and, actually kind of a surprise, there was not a footing at this foundation. You can see that I was able to put a tool right under the lower edge of the wall. A footing better transfers the weight of the building to soil and it is desirable. We hope that it will help reduce settling over the long term.

You say footing! What footing?

Thanks for stopping by,

Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 4 commentsSteven L. Smith • October 08 2010 05:14PM
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