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What type of contracting specialty can evaluate a foundation?


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12-11-17, 06:46 PM   #1 (permalink)  
What type of contracting specialty can evaluate a foundation?

I have a house built in the early part of the 1900's.
The brick walls in the walk-in basement aren't a facade, they actually bear the load of the house.
A few years back a waterproofing company swiped a bunch of cement in to the bricks I guess to seal up any of the mortar pieces that were loose/missing.
Now I'm at a decision point whether to renovate and sell or demo and wait and either sell the land or build anew.
What drives the decision is an evaluation of this foundation.
If it's going to crumble in a few years there's no sense in renovating.
If it;s not going anywhere then I will.
I've called a couple general contracting outfits and they take measurements of the windows, door, etc. but they can't tell me the health of the basement foundation.
What type of contractor do I need to find who can properly evaluate this?

 
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12-11-17, 10:59 PM   #2 (permalink)  
I was just looking around and it seems you need a foundation specialist. I googled "brick foundation specialists" and got quite a few companies in my area.


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12-12-17, 05:27 AM   #3 (permalink)  
In the past, I've used Civil Engineers who hold themselves out as having a sub-specialty in Structural Engineering to evaluate current structures as well as the plans for corrective measures to be taken.

Ant they shouldn't have any involvement in actually doing the work; so no conflict of interest.

 
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12-12-17, 05:57 AM   #4 (permalink)  
I was going to suggest a structural engineer.

 
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12-12-17, 02:40 PM   #5 (permalink)  
Structural Engineer turns out to be the term I'm looking for.
I'm meeting one next week for an evaluation.
$350, ouch!

 
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12-20-17, 04:57 PM   #6 (permalink)  
Had a structural engineer come by and tell me that the bricks for the most part need to be repointed.
Mostly from the exterior since the waterproofers swiped a bunch of concrete over the interior walls.
The quote for:
-digging a trench around the perimeter
-pointing bricks that need it or porriging over all the bricks if most of them need it.
- swiping the waterproof tar over all the wall

The house is roughly 15' wide by 40' long and the bricks go about 3'-4' under grade.

This was going to run between $8k-$10k and was told is be guaranteed the basement would be solid and dry for 20 years.

Should I do it at that price (DC area)?

 
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12-20-17, 05:10 PM   #7 (permalink)  
The only way to know if a price is fair is to call other contractors. You need a solid estimate in writing especially if you going to renovate the entire house.


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