Structural Stuff

One of the things that came up during the shore house home inspection was some cracking along the foundation. Foundation cracks are not an unusual part of settling, but these were bigger than usual. About 3/8″ wide and running all the way through to the crawlspace under the house.

This crack could be nothing, or it could be bad news

This crack could be nothing, or it could be bad news

We called in a structural engineer to look at it and should hear back next week.

Additionally, some support beams under the house weren’t properly footed. These beams were clearly added later to mitigate some problems (not uncommon given how old the house is and how soft the ground is on the island) but they should have been set into poured concrete footings.

Water + wood + house = bad news long term

Water + wood + house = bad news long term

Lastly one of the joists is rotting. This is not surprising that the house isn’t properly vented underneath. It needs to be “sistered,” wherein they add new lumber on either side of the bad spot in order to shore it up.

Here’s the rotting support beam:

Bad news bears

Bad news bears

And here’s a diagram that shows what they do to fix it:

An illustration of some sistered joists

An illustration of some sistered joists

So yeah. While this stuff is a little terrifying now that I’ve written it all out, it’s not super uncommon for a home this old. Overall the structure is in good shape. When we get quotes back from the contractors we’ll approach the seller for a credit towards fixing this stuff. I’d probably be panicking right now except we’ve seen much, much worse.

Still, fingers crossed that everything comes back OK from the structural engineer!

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2 thoughts on “Structural Stuff

  1. Pat Farrell says:

    Looks like the crack in the cinder block walls is from one side settling a bit lower. The crack itself is not a big deal, but maybe the settling is. We had a bunch of ‘sistered beams” in our house in VA.

    1. Kelly says:

      I hope so. We’re having trouble getting an engineer who can come out before our inspection period ends. We can ask for an extension but I’m really hoping we don’t have to.

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