Did an inspection last week. Circa 1960 ranch house in an estate sale. Client was not present, but friend of client “local plumbing contractor” was helping out.
Looke in crawl. Some small puddles on the plastic. Concrete piers with a sistered 2 x 12 central beam. To the front of the house from the central beam (running from left to right of the house) were multiple “beams” and “columns” footed with 2 x boards. Also, to the rear of the beam were miltiple floor joists with cracks at their bottom.
The previous owner “finished” the attic, and the current owner had their 2 teenage boys bedrooms up there. Each had a water bed.
The ceiling joists (2 x 6) were never replaced with the required 2 x 10 (based upon the span). The floors on the 2nd floor were real “springy”, so to speak, and the central support wall was offset 1 1/2 ’ to the rear of the beam.
Recommended “evaluation and repair by a licensed and insured structural engineer or licensed and insured general contractor with specific structural experience”.
Those darn DIYs.