.04 Structural System.

A. A home inspector shall visually inspect the structural system, including the structural components including foundation and framing.

B. Probing.

(1) A home inspector shall probe a representative number of structural components where deterioration is suspected or where clear indications of possible deterioration exist.

(2) Probing is not required:

(a) If it will damage any finished surface; or

(b) Where no deterioration is visible.

C. A home inspector shall describe the structural system, including the:

(1) Foundation, and report the methods used to inspect the under-floor crawl spaces and basements;

(2) Floor structure;

(3) Wall structure;

(4) Ceiling structure; and

(5) Roof structure, and report the methods used to inspect the attic.

D. A home inspector is not required to:

(1) Provide any engineering service; or

(2) Offer an opinion as to the adequacy of any structural system or component.