Foundation settlement is one of the leading causes of building damage in the world. Foundation settlement is due in large part to moisture changes in the bearing soils, which cause foundations to shift. While related, foundation settlement and foundation heave are not exactly the same thing. However, both can cause damage that could exceed practical repair abilities if left unchecked. For that reason, a proper evaluation is essential to maintaining the value of your structure. Trust Arizona Foundation Solutions of Tucson to properly identify, diagnose, and repair any foundation problem.
A foundation report provides a detailed and objective analysis that will help avoid jumping to conclusions and possible errors. Foundation heave, settlement and thermal movement are carefully analyzed. Both stopping and starting points can be obtained by using industry standards and consensus opinions. Subjectivity is minimized, and you are free to have whomever you please to examine the report and vet its conclusions.
We use the following steps to evaluate your foundation issues. This conforms to the level B investigation per the Foundation Performance Association.
1. Draw up a floor plan of the house.
2. Take floor readings in the corner of each room and the middle of larger rooms.
3. Record distress types and locations on the floor plan.
5. Produce summary of observations and data in written format.
6. Back up any conclusions with industry consensus information.
See the link to the document published by the Foundation Performance Association. This is a peer reviewed document that establishes consensus for allowable movement in a foundation.