The foundation of a building is the lowest structural floor or wall, which may be visible on the inside or outside of the building. The standard for foundation maintains the same deficiencies for all locations on the inspection. The inspection standards include an evaluation of the following:

  • Cracks in the foundation.
  • Spalling and exposed rebar.
  • Damage to the foundation’s girders, support posts, and beams.
  • Foundations in poor condition with signs of collapse or serious failure.
  • Evidence of water infiltration anywhere on the foundation, inside or out, including excessive dampness, collected water, stains, or mineral deposits.
  • Water ponding against the foundation may be an indication of water infiltration
Def# Deficiency Severity Repair Due HCV Rating
1 Crack is present with a width of 1⁄4-inch or greater and a length of 12” or greater Moderate 30 Days Fail
2 Foundation vent cover is missing or damaged Moderate 30 Days Fail
3 Foundation spalling, flaking, or chipping, more than 12×12” and 3⁄4” deep Moderate 30 Days Fail
3 The structure has any exposed rebar Moderate 30 Days Fail
4 Foundation is infiltrated by water Moderate 30 Days Fail
5 Foundation support post, column, beam, or girder is damaged Moderate 30 Days Fail

Foundation Standard V3.0 Updated June 16, 2023
Foundation Standard V3.0 Updated August 11, 2023

Revision: 13
Last modified: 27 November 2023


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