PermaTech will send out a fully trained consultant to perform an in-depth inspection to determine not only a repair plan, but will also investigate what caused the foundation to fail in the first place so that it won’t happen again.
This is no easy task and requires critical thinking and deduction. We use a combination of a visual inspection, elevation mapping and historical data to determine exactly what needs to be done. While other companies will provide you a repair plan as well, our goal is to make sure that you don’t have another problem once we leave.
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Typical breakdown of the quote for the typical project that involves installing piers for lifting and support, then installing root barriers to prevent future movement.
Potential breakdown for a project that is experiencing lifting or failure of the foundation due to unwanted moisture pooling near the foundation.
For the homeowners that want to protect their foundation from the major causes of settlement that could potentially occur.
The first part of the inspection involves drawing a diagram of the house and performing a visual inspection of the property. Many times foundation movement outside of normal manifests itself in cracks and separations around the structure. Every crack tells a story and rules out a direction. Once all cracks are noted, we can begin to deduct which directions are causing the damage to the house.
Also noted are potential problem areas that might have caused the problem in the first place. Typically this includes trees, cracked soil near the foundation, excessive wetness, or slopes that direct water towards the house.
Once we have created this map of potential problem areas, we need to confirm that these areas are experiencing level variances that are consistent with foundation problems. To put it simply. If we have two points on the slab over a certain linear distance, we expect that if the foundation is performing as intended then the difference between those two elevation readings should be within L/360. L is the distance in inches. This works out to be half an inch over 15 feet.
This elevation map will show which areas are outside of this acceptable tolerance zone. When we compare this map to the visual observations we made, we can conclude where these two maps overlap that we have a foundation problem that needs to be repaired.
Since we are only inspecting the foundation at one point in time and we are concerned with the movement over a time period, it’s important to rely on historical data to figure out what has happened in the past. We will also need to know if the foundation has ever been worked on in the past or if remodeling ever took place.
For instance, lets say a customer has us look at a house in the winter that has experienced above average rain fall. They are having problem with a door that is unable to close, they believe that the corner is sinking. On this day in particular the door works fine and the measurements are perfect. One might think she doesn’t have a problem. After discussing with her the exact times she had problems with the door we can look and see that it was after extreme rainfall and not when it was dry. We can deduct that she has a drainage problem and not a settlement problem.
This is vital as if she would have installed piers, the door would have been temporarily fixed, but after the next big rainfall her problem would have returned.