Exterior Visual Inspections

Exterior visual inspections The exterior inspection identifies the grade of the lot for drainage problems, slopes and physical damages to the structure. The damages include foundation cracks, brick and mortar cracks, open expansion joints, separation of brick veneer from windows, trim separations and fascia gaps. Each of these damages provides vital clues to what is happening to the structure.

Interior Visual Inspections

The interior inspection identifies the most visible damages that are a constant irritant for the homeowner. These include slopes of the floor cracks in the foundation, tile cracks, sheetrock cracks, tape pulls and jammed doors.

Elevation Survey Analysis

The elevation survey analysis documents the distortion of the foundation. This information when combined with the interior and exterior damages tells the story of what is happening to the foundation.

AutoCad Foundation Contour Mapping

This is a visual summary of the distortion of the foundation in an easy to read format. Instead of having to digest multiple elevation measurements the contour lines connect points of equal elevation that provides a graphic representation of the distortion of the foundation.

Swimming Pool Structure

Swimming pools without pier support and high strength shells are subject to cracking, and going out of level. If it is worth building a pool for enjoyment it is worthwhile to insure that the expenditure on the swimming pool is best protected by adequate strength and support.

Drainage Design

Control of moisture is vitally important to the stability of houses, retaining walls and all other structures built on clay soil. Having a house lot that is dry and free of ponded water is essential to the enjoyment of your property. Drainage design will identify the sources of water and the methods that can be employed to dispose of the water.

Foundation Design

The most important element of your home is the foundation. Unfortunately it is the often the one element that receives the least attention; because it is the least visible of portion of the home. As one client said “Money that is taken out of the foundation can be put into door knobs”. Proper foundation design requires assessment of the lot, the foundation soils and the architecture of the house. Foundations need to be strong and either supported on a stable geological formation or isolated from the effects of expansive soil.Once the lot and geology are defined a choice can be made between the types of foundations available to meet the client’s objectives for foundation stability. The choices of foundation are:

  • Pier and beam
  • Suspended slab
  • Slab on grade (with piers and void boxes)
  • Slab on grade

The slab on grade foundations can be either reinforced concrete with rebar or post tensioned reinforcement.