A residence or business structure is a large and important investment. The foundation is the primary and most important component of the structure and issues surrounding the foundation can adversely affect the value of the investment.
The composition of the soil upon which a foundation rests can greatly influence its performance.
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What information is required before design?
The design process requires architect’s design drawings and a geotechnical report that analyzes the strength properties of the soil.
Do you design new foundations?
Yes. We can provide design services for residential or commercial foundations.
Do you evaluate new construction?
Yes. We provide foundation pre-pour and framing observations.
What is your fee?
Our fee is dependent on the size of the foundation and the issues afflicting it. Generally, our fee schedule begins at $425 for a typical residential foundation with a 1500 sq. ft. footprint.
How long does an evaluation last?
It depends on the size and complexity of the job, but a typical residential inspection will last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.
Why should I hire an independent professional engineer?
A licensed real estate inspector can determine if a foundation or structural member is inadequate, but they cannot formally (or legally) inform you as to why it is inadequate or what remedial measures are required. He or she will often recommend that the structure is evaluated by a P.E. (professional engineer). A P.E. will be able to determine the reason why the structural member is noncompliant and, if necessary, what remedial repair options are available. Only a P.E. can legally inform you of the structural condition and integrity of a building. By hiring a P.E., you will not have to pay twice. A further benefit is that the opinion in the report is independent, as Nevins Engineering does not have an interest in prescribing an expensive repair.
What are your recommended repairs?
It depends. It could range from simple cosmetic repairs (caulk and paint) to drainage and landscaping improvements to foundation underpinning repairs.
When should I call?
You should contact a foundation repair company after it has been determined by an independent professional engineer that remedial repairs are required.