Structurally Related Problems
Many houses, as a result of problems in one or more categories, sustain damage to such structural components as foundation walls, floor joists, rafters, and window and door headers. Settlement of the structure, in addition to causing possible damage to the foundation, can also cause problems in the plumbing system. Pipes that were once pitched properly to carry water away may now be pitched the wrong way if settlement is severe. Sagging is a common problem in older homes compounded by alterations to the house. Support structures are often cut away, with no thought to their ability to carry the weight of the building.