Originally Posted By: roconnor
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Blaine … there are some universal problems like settlement and shifting … but a lot of foundations problems like frost heave, water penetration, high groundwater, soil expansion, and other things do indeed depend somewhat on local conditions and practices.
Jerry would probably be a good source. You can also do some networking/research to find some good local structural engineers that work with other HI's or know about residential foundation evaluations and repairs. Not just any licensed engineer, but ones that are also experienced/qualified with residential foundations and have a practical approach.
If you call a few you locate, they will probably be happy to send you some business cards and help fill you in on some of the local issues and when they really need to be called in to evaluate things (not just anytime you see a foundation crack ... lol). It's also good to get a feel for how local experts look at certain issues in general for everybody, and what really is a concern to them ... ![icon_wink.gif](upload://ssT9V5t45yjlgXqiFRXL04eXtqw.gif)
And if you haven't already, check out the topics "Foundation Inspections" and "Foundation Cracking" which have links to some pretty good stuff that goes into most of the foundation problems and general inspection procedures ... ![icon_wink.gif](upload://ssT9V5t45yjlgXqiFRXL04eXtqw.gif)
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