I’m a first time home buyer and I recently had my first inspection on a 1962 rambler. The house has a relatively flat front yard but is built on a down slope with walkout basement.
On the right side of the basement the inspector noticed an issue with the CMU wall. The concrete blocks had high moisture levels on his meter and some of the horizontal mortar was soft, missing, and crumbling out.
The grade is relatively flat on this side of the house, but gets steeper toward the back (right side of the following picture)
There are additional vertical cracks on the front foundation which have a layer of cement over it. Not sure why the side foundation walls don’t have cement on top…
The rear/walkout side of the basement is finished, so there’s no telling what the walls look like, although I didn’t see any cracks on the the left side of the foundation.
The house also has a couple steel ibeams running from front to back and one ibeam running partially from the middle to the side with the water damaged foundation wall. My father thought this was suspicious and not indicative of the time frame the house was built. For example, this ibeam doesn’t extend too far into the concrete due to the floor joist behind.
Here is another ibeam from front to back.
How concerned should I be? The inspector recommended I have a structural engineer inspect the foundation, but that the problems weren’t that egregious. I’m pretty conservative, so I’d like to be 99% sure, so I’m doing all the research I can. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!