Many contractors say they can assess the condition of your foundation by walking across the floor in their socks. Others say they are experts from years of family experience. A few will even present you with a video showing nothing but a few random on-site observations made by an unqualified individual. Yet, none of these foundation examinations and diagnosis techniques are rooted in science.
But until recently, there wasn't an adopted agreement of what a thorough and complete foundation inspection should include. 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.
At Arizona Foundation Solutions of Tucson, we send our in-house team of professional, licensed engineers to expertly examine your foundation and provide an in-depth analysis of its condition. Schedule a comprehensive foundation inspection today! We serve Arizona homeowners throughout Green Valley, Benson, Marana, and areas nearby.
During a foundation inspection, we send our team of licensed engineers to develop a complete analysis of its condition.
According to the Foundation Performance Association (FPA) and the Texas chapter of the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), foundation inspections should be broken down into three categories. Our team of professional engineers can go over your options and help you decide what is best for your home, including:
During a 'Level A' foundation inspection/investigation, we do a simple walkthrough and observe your foundation, go over its history, and point out visible signs of stress. A "Level A" foundation inspection is usually performed first to see if further examination is necessary. In a real estate transaction, it can be used to see if a house has any foundation issues.
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 analysis that goes beyond a standard visual inspection and is used to determine what repairs are needed to fix and protect against foundation movement.
A "Level C" Foundation Inspection/Investigation includes soil borings, lab analysis, and an in-depth historical aerial photo analysis. It is usually performed when there is a lawsuit or an insurance claim.
During a comprehensive foundation inspection, a licensed engineer will identify damages and point out what caused them. Contact Arizona Foundation Solutions of Tucson to learn more. We serve Arizona homeowners throughout Bisbee, Willcox, Fort Huachuca, and areas nearby.