CONCRETE SLAB SURVEY
CONCRETE SLAB FLOOR LEVEL SURVEY
Foundation damage is by far the most expensive risk when purchasing an existing home. The worst-case scenario? The engineering assessment and permits alone for foundation repair work can easily exceed $20,000, and that doesn’t include any repairs. Repairs, such as driving piles to raise a sunken portion of a house and stitching a cracked slab back together can cost $50,000 or more. Possible causes for foundation damage include improperly compacted or expansive soils, poor grading and drainage, sinkholes, and installation errors.
We work hard to prevent this worst-case scenario from happening to our clients by including a concrete slab floor level survey in each of our single-family home inspections where houses are built with “slab on grade” foundations. We offer this incredibly valuable service as part of our general home inspection FREE of charge. We also perform this as a standalone service upon request. Structural engineers, charging $550 and up for an initial site visit, perform a similar analysis to collect key data for their reports and repair recommendations.
Please note: we are not claiming to be structural engineers but there is some overlap, and we may be able to tell you when hiring one is necessary.
HOW IT’S DONE
We perform this survey using a high precision altimeter on all homes constructed with “slab on grade” foundations*. Nearly all of our major competitors rely solely on a visual inspection to assess the condition of the foundation, but our survey gives us data on the levelness of the slab foundation at approximately 30 different locations – we carefully measure the finished flooring and even make adjustments at areas where the floor thickness changes. If we encounter an area severely out of level, a geotechnical and/or structural engineer should be consulted to investigate possible foundation problems. Our engineering-inspired evaluations help our clients avoid money-pits and negotiate a fair price for the home they want to buy.
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You can rely on us for reliable and affordable home inspection services throughout San Diego County. Using state-of-the-art equipment and proven technique, we provide peace of mind and real value through multiple inspections on all types of properties.