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Home Basement Inspections for Milwaukee Area
Professional Basement Inspections for Homeowners and Buyers in Waukesha County
A thorough basement inspection is a crucial part of any Wisconsin home inspection, whether it’s a crawl space, full basement, finished basement, or a combination. A solid foundation and sound structural components in the basement are critical to a home’s overall condition. Wall to Wall inspectors go through your basement to check for potential problems.
If basement repairs are needed they can be very costly, so make sure your home inspector has the experience and training to perform a complete and careful basement inspection.
Basement Inspection Checklist
A Wall to Wall home inspector checklist examines the following basement areas:
- Foundation - measured using laser technology
- Main Beam and Columns
- Basement Floor, Sub-Floor, and Floor Joists
- Basement Windows
The inspector will look for structural integrity, deterioration and evidence of past repairs. There are many kinds of cracks which may form in beams and foundations, some of which are typical of normal stresses and time, and others which may require a more careful look by a specialist such as a structural engineer.
Basement Mold and Mildew Inspection
Moisture from snow and rain can accumulate in your home. Lots of Wisconsin homeowners deal with flooded basements in the spring. Even with a working sump pump water can still creep in. Your experienced Wall to Wall home inspector will also look for any signs of excess moisture, condensation, mildew, mold, fungus, rot, or insect damage. Mold and mildew spores are of particular concern if anyone in the home has allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues.
Electric Panels, Laundry Area, Water & Heating System Inspection
The water heater, furnace, main fuse box, and laundry areas are most often located in the basement, and should be inspected. Your home inspector will look for:
- Properly functioning equipment
- Opening the main power panel, and making sure it is wire correctly
- Slow or clogged drains
- Water or sewage leaks
- Proper venting, support, piping, and fuel storage
If your home inspector notices any problems with the appliances, plumbing, or electrical components, you may need to follow up with a second evaluation from a plumbing contractor or electrician.
Milwaukee Home Inspectors with Integrity
Wall to Wall Inspections will alert you to any danger signs or details which seem out of place when inspecting your basement, and send you an itemized report so you can find a contractor for the appropriate repairs. Our inspectors will examine every accessible area of your home and basement so you can rest easy knowing a comprehensive inspection will uncover any issues or potential problems—on your schedule.