Have a house under contract in Miami, went to the inspection today and the
inspector found a structural problem.
The north side of the house is where the family room and master bedroom is.
There the floor slopes to the exterior wall at a grade of around 0.5" per
foot. The owner who originally built the house told us he never noticed the
slope being in it for so long. The master bedroom and the family room has
wall to wall carpet so we cannot lift it up to see if there is a crack in
the foundation. The foundation is a monolithic concrete slab.
Outside the family room and master bedroom is a pool, which has two
hair-line cracks where it is closest to the family room.
The inspector suspects that the soil is settling there (or has settled).
House was built in 1964 so it's been there a while. At first when I saw the
sloped family room I thought the house was remodeled and the family room
used to be a screened florida room or patio but this is not the case.
The inspector suggested that I find a structural engineer to check into
this. It could be a sink hole below there is causing the pitch and the pool
cracks. It could be caused by soil settlement, tree root (there are some
large trees) or could be water/sewer line leaks underground.
The problem is between the family room exterior wall and the pool is a wood
deck. Therefore there is no access to the ground to see what is going on.
The family room and master bedroom pitches down, then the sliding glass
door, then the wood deck, then the pool, unless we tear off the deck, there
is no way to tell what is going on.
Any ideas or recommendations what I can do to figure out how serious the
problem is and if there is any remedy?