Foundation & Drainage Inspection (CA) 

COVID-19 NOTE: REAL ESTATE INSPECTIONS ARE PERFORMED PER THE PRECAUTIONS LISTED ON THE CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS COVID-19 P.E.A.D FORM 

INSPECTION SCOPE:

 

Foundation Analysis:

An objective diagnosis of foundation movement and/or cracking and the associated indications observed on other building components such as walls, floors & ceilings.  Tools used for this include floor elevation checks, visual examination and non-destructive probing.  Common causes of foundation movement and/or cracking are considered which include:

  • weak soils

  • poor fill compaction

  • changes in moisture content

  • lateral sliding/soil creep

  • insufficient footers

  • soil consolidation

  • seismic activity

  • soil compaction

  • impact from adjacent trees

  • soil erosion

  • poor construction

  • concrete spalling  

 

After reviewing all possible causes, of which multiple ones could be contributing, a professional opinion is presented based on years of relevant experience and subject to limitations associated with visual inspections. 

 

Retaining Walls:

Relevant retaining walls are examined for movement and/or cracking in a similar way to the foundation with common contributing factors discussed above.

 

Drainage:

An analysis is performed around the structure relative to possible impacts on the foundation since water is often times at the root cause of foundation issues.

 

Seismic / Earthquake

We perform a review of the current degree of seismic risk mitigation for the foundation system relative to the age of the structure and practices at the time of construction.  Note: the inspection is not a full seismic analysis or a design of the retrofit solutions but rather an overall picture of the current condition and steps that could be taken to further mitigate the risks with resources provided to learn more and take additional steps if desired.

 

Repair Cost Opinion & Resources:

Based on our years of experience specializing in residential foundation & drainage issues, I will provide my opinion on the probable cost ranges to repair but then refer clients to licensed contractors specializing in the area of concern for cost estimates.  For repair items which are costly, it is recommended that quotes be obtained from multiple licensed contractors to compare quotes. 

Discussion & Reporting:

We discuss the findings onsite at the time of the inspection in a way that can be easily understood by all.  All key findings or groups of findings are documented in the written report with color pictures and a discussion of the findings. The goal is to have the report completed the same day.

Owner (Nathan) Qualifications
  • 2,000+ foundation inspections performed since 2010

  • Engineer-of-record for 120+ foundation & retaining wall stabilization projects (Hawaii)

  • Licensed Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering in HI, NV & CO only.  Note: I've recently successfully completed the additional state exam requirements (surveying & seismic) for the CA PE and currently waiting on the formal approval from the state.  

  • 23+ years of overall engineering or inspection experience

 

Bay Area Pricing​​​​​ (San Diego Inspections are $100 less)

  • $650: under 2000 sqft

  • $695:  2,001 sqft to 2,500 sqft

  • $750:  2,501 sqft to 3,000 sqft

  • $795: 3,001 sqft to 3,500 sqft

  • $850: 3,501 sqft to 4,000 sqft (contact us for larger properties)

 

Pricing Adjustments:

  • Location: + $50 North of SF, South of San Jose, East of Fremont & West of Skyline Blvd

  • Age: + $50 Properties built prior to 1930 

  • Reporting: $0 within 3-5 business days, + $50 report within 24 hours or +$100 report same-day

 

Payment

  • We'll email an invoice via SQUARE which can be paid online (no additional fees)

  • Payment is due before the written report is emailed back

  • Checks are also accepted, made out to "BEAR Engineering"

Sample Reports & Education

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CONTACT US:

BearFoundationService@gmail.com

Bay Area & Hawaii: (650) 722-0830

San Diego: (619) 736-8478