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!
At Arizona Foundation Solutions, our team of in-house, licensed engineers who can professionally inspect your foundation and provide an expert analysis of its condition. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your inspection! We work throughout Arizona, including Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, and areas nearby.
Our professional team of engineers provides comprehensive foundation inspections.
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. Our inhouse-team of professional engineers can go over the inspection levels and help you decide the best option for your home.
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.
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 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.
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.
Arizona Foundation Solutions provides thorough foundation inspections, where we identify damages as well as what caused them. Contact us today to learn more. We proudly serve Arizona homeowners in Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, and nearby.