Why does Hughes Construction Company require a structural engineer’s report/designs to be in place prior to coming out to take a look at a client’s foundation repair project? Hughes Construction Company does not design repairs in house, and because of this we do not favor any one system over another. We are an installation contractor and we will implement/install the engineer’s recommended corrections. We want our clients to receive the appropriate application necessary to correct their foundation issues the first time.
This particular project is an example of why it is important to hire a structural engineer to evaluate foundation issues before hiring a contractor to correct them. This home encountered both vertical and diagonal foundation cracking due to foundation wall movement. The home owner had hired a different contractor nearly 20 years prior to correct the foundation issues only to find out later that it was not the correct application for the given situation and may have contributed to further damage.
Hughes Construction Company was hired to remove the existing steel pilasters and plastic sheeting in order to install a wall anchorage system designed by Buyers Protection Group. We excavated along the foundation and then re-positioned the foundation wall back as close to plumb position as possible. Once the wall was in final position we installed steel angles on the interior, and a counterfort on the exterior, in order to stabilize the wall. A total of 85 lineal feet of foundation cracks were injected with structural epoxy.
After completion of structural repairs, the exterior of the wall was sealed using HLM 500, and the drainage system was reconnected. The yard was regraded to obtain proper slope in order to redirect water away from the home.
If this homeowner would have hired an engineer the first time around they may have saved themselves thousands of dollars even with the added cost of the engineer. The correction recommended by the engineer and implemented by Hughes Construction Company was $8,000 less than the original application. The original application unfortunately cost this homeowner substantially more money in the long-run than necessary.
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