Inspecting a house that was built around 1940. The buyers are getting a USDA rural development loan. The USDA requested from me a couple of things I don’t know.
Number #1 I understand , but #2 not so much what’s a rat wall
#1 Structurally sound does mean that it has to be a permanent foundation with a contiguous footer system and the block doesn’t sit on the ground.
#2 The concrete slab is acceptable as long as it has a rat wall that extends below the frost line. The inspector should be able to determine if it does have the appropriate rat wall.
Thank You In Advance