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4 Steps to an “Economical Foundation Repair”

clock April 14, 2011 04:14 by author blogadmin
Homeowners need a professional engineer to provide a home inspection and to determine if your home needs foundation repair.


In the trying times of a recession, one doesn’t like to spend money on non-essential items.  Having your foundation repaired is an essential item, buying a new 50” Flat Screen TV on sale is a non-essential item.  Foundation problems do not fix themselves.  The signs of foundation problems might leave as the season change, but will return with greater possibilities of more damage.   Therefore, how can a homeowner receive an “Economical Foundation Repair”?  This can be accomplished by following four easy steps:  Hire a Professional  Engineer, Follow Recommendations of the Professional Engineer, Hire a Professional Contractor, Proper drainage.

1.       Hire a Professional Engineer:

Why do you need a professional engineer?  You want a professional engineer first to look and assess your foundation problems. This will explain why it has happened and how to fix the problem.  Therefore, when it is time to solicit bids for your project all contractors need to bid what is required by the professional engineer.   How do you find a professional engineer?  Search   or  your yellowpages book for the heading Engineers, from here look under subheadings for Structural. 


2.       Follow recommendations of the professional engineer: 

Engineers are not doing work for the sake of doing work.  They have been trained in school as well as in the field of what is right or what is wrong.  How much experience do you have?  The recommendations should be carried out, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t question the reason why.  A good professional engineer will explain the reasons for the recommendations.   He or she is only looking out for the safety of you the customer and your home.


3.       Hire a professional contractor:

When hiring a professional contractor ask your professional engineer for referrals to call.  Get a couple quotes on the exact work the engineer has requested to be done. Make sure your contractor is licensed and insured with referrals of similar work.  Review and have the contractor explain all work he is quote.


4.       Proper Drainage:

After all work is completed, make sure you have the correct drainage completed.  This might involve new gutters, down spots, French drains, or foot drain and sump pumps.  The major contributing factor to foundation problems is water.  Make sure you get water away from you foundation as quickly as it appears.  If you take the steps in proper drainage you could save money down the road from having to get other parts of your foundation repaired.


In conclusion, as a homeowner, to get an economical foundation repair one must get a professional engineer involved.  This will save you time and money in the long run by fixing your foundation correctly the first time.  The contractor you have chosen should complete the work required by the engineer.  Then it is your obligation as a homeowner to make sure your house has the correct drainage.  If you have questions on the correct drainage, be sure to ask your structural engineer. If one follows the 4 steps mentioned your success rate of economical foundation repair can be achieved; as well as, preventing future foundation problems elsewhere in your home.   After your home has been repaired in the most economical fashion you then can go out and purchase a new flat screen TV to enjoy in your structurally sound home.


Home Inspections

clock December 22, 2009 05:27 by author blogadmin
A trained contractor looks at your foundation problems and provide a home inspection which involves an in-depth visual examination of your home's structure.


No matter if you are having your home inspected by a professional inspector, structural contractor or professional engineer all aspects of the inspection should be handled in a similar manner. A home inspection is an in-depth visual examination of a structure - from top to bottom, inside and outside. It is an analysis of the present physical condition of the home or structure. The home inspection should be a process that the inspector and customer/homeowner communicate the findings during the inspection. Upon completion of the inspection the inspector should provide a written report on the finding of the examination and analysis.

During the inspection the homeowner/customer is key to the communication process. At no other time are the details about the property more important to convey. The better the information and history of the structure is conveyed to the inspector the more complete this visual inspection will be. It is the inspectors responsibility to educate the property owner and make sure that he understands the finding of the report. This communication is not only done through the final report but throughout the inspection.

Guidelines for home inspections:

  • Communicate during the inspection
  • Communication is a 2-way street
  • Good and bad news must be communicated
  • Educate property owner
  • Remember scope of inspection
  • Review final report together


From the pre-inspection meeting through the final report review communication is the key to success. The property owner must communicate the history of the property to give the inspector insights to renovations, repairs and problems, the inspector must communicate the scope fo the inspection, the visual clues and final analysis. Both parties have the same goal - to evaluate, assess and formulate a plan for repair. Without this communication a full proof plan cannot be obtained and such the property owner will not be completely staisfied witht the repairs.

This day and age property owners have access to more information than ever before. Not all information is good but be assured there is more information available. Websites such as and give consumers to good background and solution oriented information. This information leads to better questions and a more realistic expectation of what can be done to solve their problem.

Deciding on who is going to perform your inspection is the only question at this point. A professional engineer is always the best suited person to perform a through evaluation of your property. They have nothing to gain by steering you in a sinlge direction, they are bound to have your best interest at heart. Hiring a professional engineer is truly hiring a professional that has only your best interest in mind and has the knowlege and experience to insure your property and money is taken care of. Structural repair contractors are the next best source for inspectors. A reputable structural foundation repair contractor has personel on staff that are trained and experienced in foundation problems. Yes there are contractors out there that do not have the experience and ethics behind them to give you an unbiased report. But when it comes time to perform repairs you will be working with them whether you hire a professional engineer or home inspector to do the report. Many times the prudent thing to do is to get a reference from the contractor or have a couple contractors give you an evaluation and compare their methods and final reports.



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