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Inspection - Manufactured Housing:
Location: 123 Maple St.
Performed for: ABC Mortgage
Thomas R. Price P.E.
SS Project No. 00-333
Contents: P. 1-3
1) Inspection was carried out on 1/22/00.
This inspection is limited to the
The structure is a one storey residential
modular house on a crawl space, and is
rectangular in plan. Age is unknown, but
it appears to have been installed 20 or
years ago. The house is located on a city
lot, approximately one quarter acre or
The ability to observe this foundation is
limited, due to the inability to view
the buried portions, and the inability to
get inside the crawl region.
The house appeared generally level. The
floor areas visible through windows
did not appear to be significantly out of
level, however, we were not able to
gain access to walk and observe the
Based upon what was observable, the
foundation is performing adequately.
However, there are some important issues
which could lead to future problems;
1) There are significant gaps between the
house framing and the top of the
at along the north and south ends. These
are large enough to put a hand through.
This would not be considered acceptable
under the building code, however,
repair procedures should be fairly minor.
It also raises questions regarding the
attachment of the house to the foundation
which could not be verified since the
fastening points were not visible. The
material apparently used to seal this
area, approximately 1" thick masonry
plates, or mortar, is cracked and
spalling off in many areas. The anchorage
points could be checked during the repair
2) Some evidence of rot, or perhaps other
deterioration, was observed at the
southwest corner, in the wood perimeter
plate. This is likely related to the
gaps discussed in (1). Furthermore, there
may be other areas deteriorating, but
were not visible.
3) Two areas along the perimeter had
exterior soils piled up to and above the
wood perimeter plate. This can lead
directly to rot, and pest infestation.
We note here that a pest inspection by an
appropriate professional would be
The foundation is currently performing
reasonably well based on what was visible
and observable at the time of inspection.
There are, however important maintenance
items that must be addresses in order to
avoid future problems.
On 1/23/00 a second inspection was
carried out to review repairs work.
regarding items 1), 2), & 3) of
1/22/00 report are as follows:
1) Suitable materials have been installed
in the areas of concern to seal off gaps.
2) Observed that replacement perimeter
plate has been installed, and the boaDr
showing evidence of rot has been
3) Soil materials were not yet removed.
This is routine maintenance item for
any building, and it is advisable to
remove soil sufficiently to keep it a few
below the lowest wood framing member.
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- Grand Rapids, MI
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