It’s hardly ever a bad idea to seek out advice especially on a project with the expense of concrete foundation repair. In most cases for a few hundred dollars you can hire an independent professional structural engineer to inspect your foundation and recommend a method of repair that’s best for your situation. And remember, every repair issue is different.
You should look for a professional licensed individual or engineering firm that provides the following: A thorough inspection of the inside and outside of your home for foundation related issues. Inspection of the crawlspace, if you have a pier and beam home. A foundation elevation survey performed and evaluated by a licensed professional engineer. There are special tools available that can measure deviations in the level of the foundation or slab. Then a drawing of the home floor plan including site information and interior foundation elevation measurements can be produced. Finally, an engineer’s written report with recommendations and a repair plan if needed.
The advice should be way less biased simply because the engineer is going to get paid whether you need foundation repair or not. If you do need foundation repair the method he recommends stems from his professional opinion untainted by visions of commission dollars dancing in his head. Or her head. Most states in the U.S. are going to have a governmental licensing authority and most will also have a trade association website where you can search for member engineers.
For example, in Texas, you can find structural engineers in the data base of the Structural Engineers Association of Texas. In your state, look for member associations on the national website of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations. Check your local yellow pages and web directories. Remember the importance of choosing an engineer with no financial ties to a repair contractor.
Source by Bill Pryce
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