foundation inspector Houston

Foundation Inspection & Certification

The biggest investment you will probably make in your lifetime is your home. Having your new home inspected at the foundation level can save you thousands of dollars. Bryon A. Parffrey has 40 years experience looking at foundations. That is why Bryon A.Parffrey is the author of several home building books and instructor to other inspectors all across Texas. Having looked at hundreds of homes through the course of his career, Bryon has caught many serious defects that even seasoned inspectors have missed.

 

New Construction Foundation Inspection

Carefuly checking key points of a foundation are crucial to the integrity as a whole.  It all starts with the form board and bracing systems that keep the concrete in place during the pour. The footer is checked for depth and cleanliness. You want the footer clear of dirt, debris and foreign objects. Prepour Inspections will determine if tendons and steel are installed per the specifications of the building plans. We look at plumbing and vapor barrier issues and address them before they become costly. Post-tensioned cable and support system have to be spaced and placed properly to function and withstand the test of time. We examine rebar size and placement. Any standing water and drainage issues could reduce the strength and integrity of the concrete so we want to address this issue as quickly as possible. Only when carefuly inspection all these points can we say your home is “Built on a solid foundation ®“.

 

Pre-existing Home Foundation Inspection/Certification

The best way to evaluate a foundation is to look for factors that indicate movement or shifting. Shifting may not be visible in the foundation but may show up in other areas of your home.  We look for separation in the exterior walls via brick, stucco and siding.  We also look at interior for separations and cracking.  sometimes the indicators are less obvious, it could be a hairline crack in a tile or a slope in the floor that went undetected.

 

The Environment Effects Foundation

We evaluate the drainage system around the foundation to look for problematic areas and provide recommendations to corect and/or avoid issues.  Trees and bushes are looked at because they too can have an adverse effect on the foundation depending on their distance from the the foundation.

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