STRUCTURAL FOUNDATION EVALUATION


Midwest Engineering knows foundations and has performed inspections on many different types of properties.  Foundation types vary from concrete masonry unit (CMU), cast in place concrete, clay blocks, and wood foundation walls. When determining if the structural integrity of the foundation has been damaged, it's important for a structural engineer to understand the loads, failure type, and soil conditions int he area. Certain types of failures will progressively get worse with time where others may not. Midwest Engineering will have a licensed structural engineer evaluate the foundation, identify the damage, and identify the failure type. With an understanding of the failure and with Midwest Engineering's experience, non-bias recommendations for repairing the damage and stopping the progression of the failure can be made. 







Foundations can have many different types of failures, including but not limited to:
  • General Shear Failure
  • Local Shear Failure
  • Punching Shear Failure
  • Settlement
  • Differential Settlement
  • Lateral Movement
  • Moisture Mitigation
  • Frost Heave
  • Cracking
  • Material Degradation
  • Construction Deficiencies
  • Dynamic Damage - Vehicles, Machinery, Etc. 
Soils as a whole are difficult to understand and in the engineering world, require some of the largest factors of safety during design. If you are looking for a non-biased opinion, who can help you navigate through your foundation concerns - Midwest Engineering is here for you.