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Foundation Evaluations

Criterium-Williams Engineers is experienced evaluating all common area residential foundation types:

  • Slab-on-Grade Foundations
  • Pier & Beam Foundations
  • Manufactured Home Foundations

We have evaluated hundreds of area foundations and understand the performance characteristics of each design.

Foundations can fail in a variety of different modes for a number of reasons. However, the number one cause of foundation failure in Texas is soil induced movement associated with expansive clays. Texas has some of the most unstable clay soils in the country which can create a tremendous amount of stress on the foundation. A stressed foundation can result in cosmetic distress, functional distress, and structural distress. This distress can be scary to homeowner or potential buyer. Many homeowners are both confused and frustrated when they receive vastly different opinions, recommendations, and cost estimates from foundation repair companies. Our evaluation will determine how the foundation is performing and what, if any, remedial measures our necessary. If remedial measures are needed, we will provide you with the information necessary to solicit competent and competitive bids from local foundation repair companies.

Our process consists of the following components:

  • Site Visit (typically 2-3 hours for slab or 3-4 hours for pier & beam)
  • Custom floor plan generated (1st floor)
  • Relative elevation measurements taken
  • Representative distress inventory recorded
  • Limited visual inspection of crawl space (if pier & beam)
  • Analysis & Report
  • Statistical modeling of foundation movement profile
  • Generation of level distortion heat map
  • Analysis of foundation performance
  • Report generated with opinion & recommendations

 

Sample Level Distortion Heat Map

Let us provide you with peace of mind when it comes to understanding the condition of your home’s foundation.