A sound and strong foundation is essential to a home’s structural integrity and durability. When the foundation of a home is constructed incorrectly or poorly, the resulting financial loss due to foundation failure can be enormous. Evidence of foundation failure may scare many homebuyers away from a sale, or force the seller to accept less than what the property should be worth. As an inspector, you cannot see much of the foundation on a completed home. However, understanding construction techniques are useful for conducting construction phase inspections. This course will review and reinforce basic foundation training and knowledge and will provide additional insight that an inspector will require while investigating site preparation and construction during Phase Inspections. This course includes material using the International Code Council's 2012 International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings (2012 IRC) Chapter 4 and other selected sections. The overall course level is beginner to intermediate, and encompasses subjects appropriate for both residential and commercial home inspectors.
1. Applied Forces and Site Preparation
2. Materials, Waterproofing, Damp proofing, and Drainage
3. Types of Foundation
4. Foundation Identification, Construction Methods, and Interpretation of Anomalies
5. Final Exam