Greetings Inspector Gurus!
I am not an inspector, but house hunting has increased my interest in the whole process. The house we’re bidding on is great, but the foundation has features that make me nervous! All you have to do is listen to the radio around here to know that foundation problems are common in this area (North Texas).
I’ve done a lot of searching and reading about foundations (this site is great), but a few days of reading does not an expert make. Of course, we will be getting the house inspected as soon as we are allowed to, but hearing some preliminary opinions from you guys would be most appreciated.
The house was built in 2000, and I believe (correct me if I’m wrong) it has a post-tension foundation, slab on grade, that has been poured in two steps. The corners do have some wedge-shaped cracks (which I’ve learned is not uncommon), but what really concerns me is what appears to be exposed cable-ends. Adding to my worry, there is obvious patching material that has been applied. In one section, the patching is so thick and bumpy, it makes me wonder what the heck has been covered up. I’ve read a bunch of posts here, but I haven’t seen anything like this.
Anyone care to voice an opinion? Once we sign the contract, our option period is only 10 days, so I’d like to start the process with a little knowledge. Plus, I’ve found the process of reading about foundations and soil and such to be quite interesting.
Thanks in advance,