The Investigation Process
During the inspection process, your engineer will examine internal support systems within the foundation. They’ll look for evidence of excess shifting, like ill-fitting windows or vents. If internal cracks are present, they’ll assess potential dangers that could arise. Externally, your engineer will check for evidence of structural decay, such as the physical crumbling of concrete, and analyze areas where buckling or bulging appear.
The Testing Process
Depending on the results of the visual inspection, an engineer has several testing tools at their disposal to diagnose the causes of structural moisture issues more accurately.
Material testing helps engineers identify how much pressure any individual construction material can withstand. Destructive testing — like that performed by Vital Structures — is more complex and yields actionable data. In destructive testing, your engineer observes the conditions under which the material fails to get a complete understanding of the problem. Field testing allows your engineer to test materials in real-time, outside of a controlled lab setting, to better understand how those components perform in your environment.
The Resolution Process
Once your Vital Structures engineer gathers the data resulting from testing, they’ll use various analysis tools to develop a complete picture that identifies the source of the issue, not just the symptoms. Armed with that information, your engineer designs a comprehensive solution to fix it. You can then locate qualified contractors in Boston or throughout New England who are licensed and registered to carry out the work. Vital Structures will work with your contractor and oversee the project to ensure each step of the plan is executed correctly.
Contact Vital Structures for a Comprehensive Foundation Evaluation
Vital Structures LLC provides thorough foundation waterproofing inspections for commercial & industrial buildings. We proudly serve Boston and the greater New England area. Our knowledgeable, experienced structural engineers will diagnose the root causes of issues, develop a plan to solve them and administer the resolution process for your security. Contact a professional team member to get started today.