What Should You Expect from an Engineer during a Foundation Inspection?

When it comes to inspecting a home foundation, it goes without saying that you should hire a licensed structural engineer. If foundation inspections are not conducted by an independent structural engineer, then there is no way to make sure the foundation is in its best form.

At Fundamental Engineering, we will dive into the details about foundation inspection. It will help you to realize why it is important to seek professional assistance when it comes to making sure a building's integrity and durability.

How Long does it Take to Inspect a Home?

In most cases, it should take about one and half hours to complete a detailed inspection and checking of the foundation. Depending on the severity of particular concern, it may take more time.

What should you Expect from an Inspection?

If you are working with a licensed and qualified structural engineer, you can expect the following aspects to be thoroughly covered:

The First Verbal Conversation

The very first thing the inspecting engineer must do is a thorough inspection. The engineer will ask you certain questions about the foundation issues to calculate how much time will be needed for damage fixation. If you see that the engineer is not asking you these questions, then your engineer is not a competent one.

Also Read: Why Foundation Inspection Needs Professional Engineers?

Floor Elevation Survey

Before observing the structure, it is of utmost importance that the engineer is accumulating floor elevation data to check for correlation with floor damage and elevation. Floor elevation is undoubtedly a critical aspect of the inspection and must be conducted.

Visual Observation of the Surrounding Terrain, Interior, and Exterior

When the data regarding floor elevation has been gathered, it is now time for the engineer to inspect the interior and exterior of the structure to seek any cracks, leaning or listing walls, sticking windows or doors damage, etc.

Forensic Analysis

If there is damage or any other signs of movement in the foundation, it is very important to determine the root cause. Here are some common reasons:

  • Poor grading
  • Active soils having dried where there are trees or shrubs
  • Stagnant water surrounding the founding


Once the forensic analysis is done, the inspection engineer will explain his or her findings to you. If there is any need, you will be given suggestions for maintenance and prevention of damage.

Above are some of the basic steps that the foundation inspector will go through to make sure your building is safe.


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