A building’s foundation is the most important aspect in its structure. As the bedrock of the building, the foundation carries the entire weight of the structure emphasizing the need to make it as strong and solid as possible.
Foundation inspection is a visual assessment of the foundation of the building and its overall structure to ensure these structures are compliant with the required standards. The task requires an understanding of buildings and their structural feature which is characteristic of engineers and foundation contractors.
During the foundation inspection process, the inspector thoroughly inspects both the interior and exterior of the home. This activity is aimed at identifying any presence of sagging floors, cracks on the walls and windows, uneven patches of the land, and much more which are indicative of a shifted foundation. However, a slight unevenness isn’t a worthy cause for panic because houses are bound to settle over time.
The process also incorporates inspection of structural components which make up the foundation system. The foundation inspection also assesses the basement space to check the integrity of posts and concrete supports. These components are expected to stand upright at a 90-degree angle to the floor surface, and should also be firmly held underneath the beams they support.
The foundation inspector then explains the identified problems to their clients in order to help them in making informed decisions. In case of a warning signs being identified during the foundation inspection, the owner of the building is in a better position to repair the problems brought to their attention early enough before they escalate into serious issues that could cost them a fortune to fix.
Suppose the house is sold, this process would also save the seller of the building from any sort of possible litigation that may come up as a result of foundation issues.
On the engineer’s report on the structural and foundation state of the building, recommendations will be made on how the identified defects can be corrected. Some of the aspects of the recommendations made are as follows:
1. The recommendations made should include a map or a diagram of the proposed plans. This should be well illustrated to give the client a good picture of the expected outcome at the end of the fixing project.
2. The recommendations should also include the maintenance procedures that should be subjected to the establishment in order to protect the foundation from any kind of projected shifting.
3. The recommendations should also be structured in a way that they are indicative of the age, price, and style of the house.