We have heard of some foundation repair contractors diagnosing issues by walking across the floor in their socks. Others claim they are experts because a family member had experience with concrete repair and ‘taught them everything they knew’. A few will even provide you a video that is little more than random, on-site observations made by an unqualified individual. None of these foundation issue analysis and diagnosis methods are rooted in science.
Until recently, there simply wasn't an adopted consensus of what a complete and comprehensive foundation inspection even includes. Fortunately, The Foundation Performance Association (FPA) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (Texas Chapter) have both published a consensus document that identifies a level “B” investigation!
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Both the Foundation Performance Association (FPA) and the Texas chapter of the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) break Foundation Inspections and Foundation Investigations into three categories: Level A, Level B, and Level C.
‘Level A’ Foundation Inspection/Investigation
A 'Level A' foundation inspection/investigation is a simple walk around and observation of your foundation's history and easily discernible signs of stress. This ‘Level A’ foundation inspection is usually done as an initial foundation inspection/foundation investigation to see if a more thorough foundation investigation is warranted. In real estate transactions it can be used to simply see if a house has any foundation issues.
‘Level B’ Foundation Inspection/Investigation
This foundation inspection/foundation investigation should include a floor plan drawn up, floor level readings, photographs, history, aerial photos, deflection analysis, a damage map of the floor plan, and more. The ‘Level B’ Foundation Inspection provided by Arizona Foundation Solutions of Tucson is an extensive forensic engineered report that goes beyond a standard visual inspection and is used to determine what repairs are needed to fix and protect against foundation movement.
‘Level C’ Foundation Inspection/Investigation
This investigation includes soil borings, lab analysis, and a more in-depth historical aerial photo analysis. The ‘Level C’ Foundation Inspection/Investigation is usually performed when there are lawsuits or insurance claims.
Below are items that should be accounted for in your home’s level B investigation:
If you are not getting all of the items above included with your foundation inspection, then you will likely not have repairs that are designed to remediate the specific issues (soil problems, drainage, weather history, etc.) affecting the performance of your home's foundation.
At Arizona Foundation Solutions of Tucson, our Forensic Engineered Report (or FER) contains ALL of the 17 items referenced above. We use licensed, professional engineers to interpret the data collected, diagnose the problem, and suggest a repair plan.