Master Inspector Lonnie possesses a BS in a construction related engineering degree and does not often recommend review by a structural engineer, unless warranted. Here is a very abbreviated version of what his report explained to the client and realtor:
“This deck (and other areas of the home) was observed to have poor construction methods. However, more concerning was the structural integrity of both the home and deck in various areas….” As mentioned in several other sections of my report, the grading and drainage is causing severe erosion which is impacting the structural dependability of the home, retaining wall, and deck… Inspector observed movement in support posts and support post footers. Support post are slipping off their footers. None of the support posts appear to have proper footers. For example, some of the footers are paver blocks, which is improper. Inspector observed movement in the footers from the erosion….”
The report end with this final comment: “Complete structural failure of this deck and left side of home is imminent and is a life safety hazard! Inspector recommends further review by a structural engineer to discuss options/costs and provide solutions for installing stabilizing devices and proper structural support to prevent complete failure and collapse….”
This was the tip of the iceberg. There were many other areas (to numerous list) that were not disclosed, which in my opinion, were known by the owner/seller. Nevertheless, all of those items were delineated in the Inspection Report, so the client could make an informed decision.