The value of a building’s foundation cannot be overstated concerning the stability and integrity of the structure itself. By its nature, the entire structure is supported on the base, whether it is concrete slab on grade, pier and beam or another foundation system. If there is an issue with the foundation, then ideally, it can be discovered before it deteriorates into a challenging and expensive-to-repair problem. On-site foundation evaluation is the key to identifying issues and addressing them quickly.
To ensure this crucial component of the building’s structure is sound, Nevins Engineering, PLLC, can provide foundation evaluations in the Greater Houston, San Antonio and Austin, TX areas. Nevins Engineering has the experience and expertise to evaluate residential and commercial foundations for our clients quickly. Contact us to schedule an on-site evaluation.
Nevins Engineering will use a structural evaluation process (Level B) developed by the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. A foundation evaluation is essential to discover performance issues so remedial repairs can be made. The following are visible foundation movement symptoms that may require additional analysis.
This detailed Level B evaluation begins with a lot drainage investigation, moves to symptom identification, continues with a relative elevation survey and ends with conclusions, remedial recommendations and a sealed P.E. report. This report is used for both pier-and-beam and slab-on-grade foundations. It provides the client the necessary information to make sound decisions about repairs.
Got a question?
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.
Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you soon.