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The pleasure of inspecting of a pretty nice manufactured home today. It had been really well-maintained and look like a very pretty home. As in all things what really matters is what you don’t see. That’s why they hire us. 

crawlspace /pier blocks on side, not structural in this orientation

At the end of the inspection we get a chance to go under the crawl space and one of the first things I notice is that cinder block piers they have used are not all facing the correct orientation. The holes in cinder blocks should always be facing up and down not horizontally.

They have very little structural strength when you set them on their side or stand them on their end. This is certainly an incorrect installation and needs to be corrected.

cinder block improper orientation, not structural, recommend improvements
Per tipping, not supporting beam

As I continued the inspection I noticed that the cinder block pier is tipped alot. I tap it with my foot gently and the whole pier moves, it is making almost no contact with the beam.

Pier not touching I beam at all, lacking proper support.

 The last cinder block pier in the corner was even better it’s not even touching the beam that is supposed to support it. This manufactured home normally would have several metal straps or other connections to the ground to protect it against earthquakes and wind. There were none on the entire structure. I think I know why this house has been for sale for a while I hope that they will make the repairs.

JJ Greive

JJ & Suzanne are both licensed, highly skilled inspectors and educators. We are the authors of our class curriculum, and truly enjoy sharing this with our students