It seems like all we ever hear about are problems but I just got a really nice phone from an agent about an inspection I did last week. I found some really strange foundation cracks around a chimney. Upside-down “V” cracks and just some really wide open cracks. It looked like the foundation was being torn apart rather than just the usual sinking/settling, etc. Anyway, engineer and foundation contractor came out and determined the chimney was at the very early stages of pulling away from the house. So minor that you couldn’t even see it with the naked eye. The foundation that is attached to the chimney is the first sign they said.
Anyway, I thought you all might file this away in your memories if you ever see these cracks anywhere near chimneys. Crazy thing too is that the house just sold 1.5 years ago and there was no mention of this from that inspector. The biggest cracks on the outside were behind some vegetation and I had to crawl pretty deep under the house to get to the corner where the problem was. There’s always a chance it wasn’t like this 1.5 years ago but I think it’s more likely it was. The house was built in the 50s, single-level post/beam floor w/perimeter foundation.