The improper drainage of water leads to the increased moisture in the soil. Moisture in the foundations is the chief culprit of causing foundation settlement and sinking besides various other foundation related issues.
With time all foundations settle but it becomes a major issue and threat to the structure if the foundation settlement is uneven or extreme.
In buildings with foundation settlement shift, invariable damage spreads to other parts of the building. The damage may appear in the form of cracks in interior walls, cracks in floor, uneven floors gaps between exterior siding and problem with windows and doors.
Such situation warrants thorough foundation inspections by some qualified structural engineer to understand the reasons for the foundation settlement and magnitude of damage so as to get the foundation repaired.
The purpose of foundation inspections is to determine and protect the structural integrity and ensure soundness of the building.
Whom to contact for Foundation Inspection?
For correct analysis of foundation settlement and remedial measure, contacting a contractor of a foundation company is certainly a better and systematic option.
Most of the methodical and professional companies dealing in foundation constructions and repairs have professionally qualified structural engineers in their team.
It is prudent to engage an unbiased, licensed structural engineer for performing foundation inspections. The foundation inspections performed by a non-qualified professional may be biased, in-genuine and implausible.
How Foundation Inspection is done?
These professionals conduct an inspection of the entire perimeter, interior and exterior of the premises. Utilizing certain specific processes, they study the foundation elevations and provide free estimates for foundations repairing.
The foundation inspections entail looking for foundation cracks, damaged walls and floors and other visible signs of foundation trouble.
During foundation inspections for a slab foundation, the professionals walk all around the building to look for cracks in the slabs.
They also look for effects of settlement on the plaster and brick veneer, cracks on walls, gaps in sidings and fascia boards besides other things.
If the building has a pier and beam foundation, the inspector will examine crawlspace of the structure carefully to look for the effects of moisture, condition of the piers, beams and joists.
The foundation inspections should be attached more importance especially while purchasing already used building for residential or commercial purposes. The inspection helps ascertain whether the building structure is stable or helps in prone to sinking or cracking.
Based upon the inspection report, necessary corrective measures may be taken to safeguard the structure and building against foundation damage.