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ZipLevel at the Home Inspection

A ZipLevel is a precision altimeter device used in home inspections to measure and assess the levelness and elevation of various surfaces in a property. It consists of a digital display unit connected to a hose with a pressurized fluid. The device operates based on the principle that fluid levels itself out to a common pressure regardless of its location.

Home inspectors use ZipLevel for several purposes during inspections:

  1. Foundation and floor inspections: One of the primary uses of ZipLevel is to assess the levelness of floors and foundations. It can measure the variations in floor elevations and detect unevenness or slopes that could indicate structural issues or settlement problems.

  2. Slope evaluation: ZipLevel allows inspectors to measure the degree of slope on various surfaces, such as driveways, walkways, and patios. Excessive slopes can lead to drainage problems or safety hazards, and ZipLevel helps identify these issues accurately.

  3. Staircase assessment: Inspectors can use ZipLevel to measure the levelness of each step in a staircase. Uneven steps can pose a safety risk and may require corrective measures.

  4. Checking door and window alignment: ZipLevel is useful for verifying the alignment of doors and windows. Uneven or sloping surfaces can affect the operation of these elements and may indicate structural issues.

  5. Identifying settling or shifting: By comparing elevation measurements in different areas of a property, inspectors can identify signs of settling or shifting. Inconsistent elevations can indicate foundation problems or other structural abnormalities.

The use of a ZipLevel provides objective measurements and accurate data, helping home inspectors identify potential issues that might not be immediately apparent. It contributes to a thorough evaluation of a property's condition, aiding in the decision-making process for buyers, sellers, and homeowners. Our inspectors have extensive knowledge on all of these types of foundations. As with other major systems that are inspected, they may make the recommendation to have a foundation further evaluated by a specialist if they feel it is needed.


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