Preliminary Design Request
Foundation Inspection Information
Here’s a list of the things we look for when conducting inspections of your home or commercial property and how we go about the repairs process:
- First, we examine site factors that could be affecting the structure’s foundation including water drainage systems, rocks, materials within the soil (such as granite) and the soil’s water content, trees that adjacent to the structure and nearby activities that could influence the condition of your property’s foundation.
- Next, we identify the building’s construction, including materials that were used, the process and sequence of the construction, and the history of the property.
- We then identify defects of occurrence, which is essentially the damage to your property, such as cracks in the foundation, leaning or bowed walls, corrosion, and other defects.
- We also identify defects of omission, which are things that were essentially forgotten about, were removed, or were absent during construction or after. Sometimes these types of things are critical components, like piers, building columns, and supporting posts.
- We evaluate our observations, history, and the defects we’ve identified, and analyze how it has impacted the structure of the property and determine what is needed to correct the problem. We consult with building inspectors, contractors, carpenters, and engineering specialists when determining the appropriate course of action to take.
- After we’ve evaluated our observations and consulted with experts, we report back to you, our client, with a clear and thorough explanation of our findings and what can be done to repair the problem, if needed.
- Once we report our findings, discuss repair options (verified by a third party engineer), and the client agrees to repair, the repair process begins. Sometimes this can be done in a matter of hours with little to no downtime or intrusion into your home or property. Other times, it can require several days, although we do our best to work around your schedule and handle these problems as quickly as possible. In the event of emergencies, temporary support systems can sometimes be installed for safety purposes.