Manufactured Home Foundation CertificationsIf you are selling or buying a manufactured home, then most likely a foundation certification will be required. For all FHA and VA loans, an engineer’s foundation certification is required that states that the home is placed on a permanent foundation that complies with the “HUD Permanent Foundation Guide for Manufactured Homes”, dated 1996 by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
We have partnered with the engineers at Foundation Certifications to provide a turn-key foundation certification service to you. You may place your order online by going to http://www.FoundationCerts.com/order.
The goal of a foundation is to support and carry the structure above it together. Contrary to popular belief, the ground is not completely still and, in many circumstances, is not extremely stable. Natural forces are more prone to damage or destroy a structure that is just plunked down on bare earth. A correctly constructed foundation increases the amount of challenging
Foundation Inspection: All you need to know
An inspection, also known as a consultation, determines the best course of action for fixing a home’s foundation, depending on the company. A foundation repair professional will inspect your property and listen to your worries as you point out any issues you may notice.
A foundation expert will also notice indicators and difficulties that indicate foundation degradation and the need for repair, some of which you may have overlooked or paid little or no attention to. Measurements will be gathered throughout the inspection, and damage and failing spots on the outside and inside of the home will be examined. After that, a strategy for repairing your home’s foundation will be devised. The most crucial thing you may also want to hear is the projected cost of the repairs, which will also be addressed.
A foundation inspection is the most significant step in the pre-repair process, as it is crucial in detecting and addressing the homeowner’s concerns, as well as ensuring that any problems discovered are addressed in a clear and precise manner.
In certain circumstances, after consulting with a foundation repair expert, the best course of action may be to wait and observe how things evolve over time and seasons. Depending on how the home is utilized and what the owner wants for the home, sometimes the wisest action to take is to do nothing at all.
What does a foundation check by a structural engineer entail?
Although each structural engineering agency’s method is different, most will follow these basic steps:
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- A visual assessment of the foundation
The structural experts will inspect the foundation/basement walls for indicators of structural movement such as signs of cracking in the ceiling/walls, sloped/uneven flooring, and dampness, mildew, or general water inside the basement. Uneven floors can indicate a problem with the foundation.
- An examination of the surrounding environment
Improper water management can often lead to foundation problems. The foundation examination by a structural engineer will consider the slopes surrounding the foundation as well as the presence or absence of a roof water management system. They may also take into account the types of soils around the foundation, as well as neighboring shrubs and huge tree roots.
All of these elements can have an impact on the state of your foundation, and if not properly handled, can result in cracks, structural challenges, and basement water.
- Examining the Interior of the House
Going through the house is necessary, as is having access to the entire house. The inspection may not be feasible to be performed if all areas of the house are not open to inspection. The majority of inspections begin where the homeowner has noticed signs of damage. These issues are either addressed to the inspector in person during the inspection or in advance via phone calls and photos.
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Your home’s foundation is usually one of its most crucial components. Since the foundation is what everything else sits upon, any issues could turn into a massive and costly headache. On average, the cost of foundation repairs can be upwards of $10,000, depending on the damage’s extent. Worse yet, homeowners insurance may not cover these costs if they are due to ground shifting or wear and tear. If there is expansive clay or poor soil density beneath and around your foundation, your concrete foundation walls can experience too much pressure, resulting in cracks, bowing, and settling. These problems—and others—can be compounded by faulty construction or improper maintenance.
What are the most common causes of foundation problems?
When we find the cause of your foundation problems, that can help us find the right solution for you. Foundation problems are nearly always caused by one (or more) of the following:
- Too Much Water
When the soil around the foundation of your walls swells (usually due to heavy rains), it exerts additional pressure on your walls called hydrostatic pressure. This pressure weakens your foundation’s structure.
- Not Enough Water
If your area is experiencing a drought, the soil around your foundation will shrink and pull away from your foundation walls. As the soil moves, your foundation walls may not have the required support and will crack.
- Surrounding Soil
Similar to the water issues, expansive and consolidating soils (like clay soil) can affect your home by expanding and constricting. Expansion can cause upheaval (your foundation going up), while constriction can cause settlement (your foundation sinking).
- Poor Drainage
If the area surrounding your home has poor drainage, it’s likely to affect your foundation.
- Poor Preparation
If the contractor who built your home did not prepare the soil before building, you’ll likely experience settling. For example, not properly compacting fill soils can result in your foundation moving from its original position.
- Poor Construction
If your home was built with substandard techniques, your foundation could experience shifts or cracking.
- Sturdy Solutions for your Foundation
The return on investment from foundation repair is estimated to be around 30 percent. But the health and structural benefits, not to mention peace of mind, are priceless.
- Wall Anchors
Structural instability is no joke. If you see bulging, bowing, or extensive cracks in your basement walls, wall anchors could keep your house on its feet.
- Helical Piers
Foundation instability is a huge problem with few viable solutions. Helical piers make keeping your home stable and level a little easier.
- Push Piers
The primary advantage of a push pier system is that it stabilizes your home’s foundation permanently and may even be able to lift it back to its original position.
- Carbon Fiber Wall Repair
If your home is beginning to buckle, specialized wall reinforcing systems can prevent serious structural instabilities from forming. Carbon fiber is a high-tech woven material that is initially flexible but becomes extremely strong and rigid once infused with
an epoxy resin, and it can hold your walls in place.
How Do We Inspect a Foundation?
Our master certified inspector conducts their inspection in three stages including:
- Pre-Inspection Conversation: Our home inspector will talk to you, the homeowner, and ask questions about specific elements about the home's structural integrity, such as uneven floors, stuck windows or doors (signs of shifting foundation walls), and noticeable cracks. These questions help our inspector know where to look first.
- Visual Inspection: Not only will our inspector look at the exterior and interior of the home (i.e., load-bearing walls), they will pay attention to the surrounding property. For example, if there are any cracks or signs of drainage issues in the lawn, the foundation might be in jeopardy. During this stage, the inspector will also look for signs of previous repairs since they could indicate past foundational problems.
- Post-Inspection Foundation Report: Our licensed inspector will draft a comprehensive report that discusses any current or potential structural damage. These reports are highly detailed and may include photos of specific damage points, as well as recommendations on fixing the foundation, including crack repairs or how to level your foundation.
Noticing Cracks in a Commercial Property?
Professional services at Pine Breeze Inspections include commercial and industrial project teams as well. For projects large, small or in between, our master inspector has the knowledge, skills and experience to resolve just about any type of foundation issue for any commercial, industrial, or municipal building such as:
- Commercial buildings.
- Industrial plants.
- Multi-family structures.
- Shopping centers.
When buying a new home, is it important to have the foundation inspected?
This is a question that keeps coming up. And the simple and straightforward answer is YES! – A foundation check should be performed before purchasing a home. Before completing insurance, many homeowners may engage the services of a home inspector to look for all defects or potential concerns in a home.
In many occasions, a house inspector will overlook a range of issues with a property, such as drainage, wood rot, electricity, and so on. When these items are brought up, they will recommend that the problem be investigated by a professional. Here’s where we come into play. When a house inspector flags out possible foundation issues, the potential buyer must immediately contact a foundation repair company.
When it comes to buying or selling
When purchasing a new property, a foundation investigation is a necessity. However, if you plan to sell your home, you should think about getting one as well. A study indicating that your home has no foundation problems can be a big attraction to potential buyers. And if difficulties do arise, you’ll already be informed on how to address them.
If you’re not sure if you need a foundation check, you should be aware of the warning signs of foundation damage. Sticking doors, broken tiling, displaced trims, and other typical indicators are proof that an examination is required. If you’re ready to get started with , fill out our contact form to speak with one of our foundation repair specialists today. We are prepared to assist you with complete transparency and a trusted voice in dealing with all of your foundation challenges.
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Following the completion of the In-Home examination, Foundation Repair provides our customers with a clear plan of action for repairs and removes any confusion about what needs to be done to properly sustain your property.
Our Evaluation can also involve verbal discussions about other issues such as drainage, guttering, and irrigation. This information will be important to the homeowner in the future as they learn how to properly care for their home.