We all know, granite is heavy.
Granite has to be supported.
Granite has to be supported everywhere.
Even the granite counter top is heavy.
So when I saw this counter top to the left side of the kitchen sink beginning to crack from a lack of support I wondered about its support underneath.
That is too much settlement for such a young house.
Following the counter top to the right side of the sink, only about 6' away, it was sinking further!
It had come down about 1/4"!
That is too much settlement, even for an older property!
Everything is pulling apart, and sinking downward.
Are the cabinets not intended for such weight?
Is there not secondary support behind and underneath the granite?
It doesn't matter, there is sinking.
(Now comes the sinking feeling joke. Naw ... too obvious)
There are a couple of ways to make sure granite counter tops don't sink near the wall.
Perhaps none of them was employed here.
I think it's time for that now!
My recommendation: just because it's new doesn't mean it's right. Or finished. Or going to work. Or not already broken. The best way to know what you have is a home inspection. Even on new construction. And better than that, a home inspection just prior to the final walk through with the builder. There may be a list, and one the builder doesn't appreciate, but the peace of mind is worth a million dollars!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560