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Basement Water And
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Home, Building, Condo, and Co-op Inspections
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Putnam, and Westchester
646.757.4500 • 800.605.1500
An Engineer's inspection, a pre-purchase inspection, and a termite inspection. You receive four reports: an onsite verbal report, an onsite written report, an emailed written report, and a termite report. Call 800.605.1500 or 646.757.4500 if you have questions. We are happy to help you.
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If the home or building that you are considering purchasing has a basement, you need to know if there is evidence of water or dampness in the basement.
Most basements have at least a few stains, some rusted metal, and a dehumidifier. Some basements have a damp odor, although this may only be detectable during the humid summer months.
Many home and building purchasers are concerned that water in the basement problems indicates a structural problem, such as a cracked foundation.
Virtually all foundation walls have some cracks, so the penetration of water into the basement does not necessarily indicate a structural defect. The Licensed Engineer will advise you as to whether cracks in the foundation walls are structurally significant.
Most basements do not regularly have puddles of water in the basement, but are damp only several days of the year. If the basement is damp, it may affect your ability to build a finished room such as a playroom in the basement. Dampness in the basement is also a concern to people with allergies or other medical conditions because dampness can increase the risk of mold growth. A dehumidifier is often required in the basement to control the dampness.
Inspections are performed during all kinds of weather, so most houses and buildings are not inspected during a heavy rain. When inspecting a home or building on a dry day, the Engineer looks for clues in the basement to determine what you can expect during a heavy rain or with melting snow. The Engineer will advise you about the risks after analyze the water penetration evidence in the basement. The expense analysis in the inspection report helps you understand the expenses involved.
Trust a Licensed Engineer to assess the water in the basement evidence.
During the inspection, the Licensed Engineer examines, analyzes, and/or reports on (as appropriate based on the building):
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Heimer Engineering is happy to help you. Staff members are available to answer your questions from Monday through Friday from 9:15 AM to 5:00 PM. Messages are checked Sunday evening through Thursday evening. Inspections are performed seven days a week.
To set up an appointment for a pre-purchase inspection, or to find out about Engineering services or expert court testimony, click below for a contact form, send us an email, send a text to 888.769.6910, call 646.757.4500, or call 800.605.1500. If no staff member is in the office, leave a message. Remember to ask about a web discount.
Heimer Engineering serves the Metro New York area, including New York City (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island), Long Island (Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Upstate New York (Rockland County, Putnam County, and Westchester County).
Heimer Engineering respects your privacy. Some inspection firms share information with insurance, landscaping, home maintenance, moving, cable, mortgage, and other companies. You will not receive phone calls or solicitation emails from third parties as a result of providing personal information.
In the event of a life-threatening emergency call 911. Emergency situations need to be handled by first-responders who can evacuate buildings, shut utilities off, and take other steps necessary to preserve life.
In addition to the webpage discount, discounts are available for referrals (attorney, real estate broker, mortgage broker, co-worker, friend) first time buyers, senior citizens, military (army, navy, air force, marines, coast guard), first responders (police, ambulance, fire), municipal employees, security personnel, and union members.
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Heimer Engineering performs home inspections, building inspections, condominium inspections, and co-op inspections in the State of New York. We do not perform inspections or recommend Inspectors or Engineers outside of the State of New York. We provide Licensed Professional Engineer consultation services including hurricane and storm damage and damage from adjoining construction. Expert witness services are provided regarding playground injuries, parking lot, walkway, and stairway slip, trip, and fall.
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