Foundation Inspections.

Municipal and state building officials now review grading design documents in great detail and require much more information regarding sub-surface conditions. Hillside projects, many of which are in southern California, require extensive grading operations to develop the level pad onto which foundation for buildings will be constructed. Special care is required to ensure the foundations perform well, without going through movement, subsidence, settlement, and/or landslides. Problems such as soil erosion, slope failure, lateral displacement, and foundation cracks occur when non-conforming construction takes place.

Older foundations are normally smaller in critical dimensions than currently built foundations and are not reinforced properly and are exposed to cracking and distress. Newer fundations that are not constructed properly or cured adequately can also crack and suffer distress.

Private Eyes Engineers will always perform a thorough site assessment to identify all existing performance conditions relative to the topography, drainage, grading, soils, slopes, and the improvements. We endeavor to identify, measure, and analyze distresses such as cracks in floor slabs or walls, slope failures, soil slippage, soil settlement, tilts in the retaining wall, retaining wall cracks, and soil expansions during the site assessment. A thorough analyses of all collected data will be summarized in a final report that will:

  • Identify existing performance conditions and shortcomings,
  • Establish a bench mark by which future performance can be measured,
  • Highlight any items that require repair, and
  • Provide an action plan to correct inadequate structural performance.