Foundation Settlement Investigations Performed in Fort Pierce, FL

Do you have a floor crack, wall crack, foundation crack, driveway crack, pool crack or patio crack?


Federal Engineering and Testing, Inc. can help determine if there is an issue with the underlying soils. Typically, when you see cracks there is an issue. After a site evaluation and testing, we will provide recommendations for stabilizing your existing foundation. Foundation stabilization options can include pilings, pressure grouting and or foam injection for existing structures with cracking or settlement problems.


Homeowners purchase their homes in good faith that the soil conditions are safe and that the initial testing was performed when the structure was built. This is not always the case! Due to miscommunication between architects, contractors, building departments etc. errors and omissions can occur. When this happens testing can be missed, overlooked or just not required by basing the soil values off of rational analysis.


Rational analysis is the practice of using soil data from neighboring areas to make an assumption about what the soil conditions are for a particular area. This means your neighbor might have great soil conditions but there may be unsuitable soil conditions under your foundation that was never discovered. These unsuitable conditions may be buried organic debris or other natural occurring organic materials. These organic materials are very compressible and naturally decompose overtime. As the foundation loads compress the materials and while decomposition occurs, the soils will settle causing the structure to crack and fail. This is why it’s important to always have your own subsurface investigation done for your structure.


See below where the FBC allows building officials to waive a geotechnical investigation based on rational analysis. Yes, it is permitted but what happens when there are issues later on?


FBC 1803.2 Investigations required. Geotechnical investigations shall be conducted in accordance with

Sections 1803.3 through 1803.5.


Exception: The building official shall be permitted to waive the requirement for a geotechnical

investigation where satisfactory data from adjacent areas is available that demonstrates an

investigation is not necessary for any of the conditions in Sections 1803.5.1 through 1803.5.6 and

Sections 1803.5.10 and 1803.5.11


We can also help for proposed new construction such as a pool, home addition, or any new residential or commercial structure. We can provide a subsurface investigation to provide recommendations for the proposed foundation. This is also a very good practice when purchasing a vacant lot to determine what types of soils you will be building on in the future. If you buy a lot that has muck or organics it could cost thousands of dollars to install pilings or to de-muck the foundation location.


Don’t build on guesswork build on the facts!


Cracks

Cracks in Stucco and Foundation

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Foundation Cracks and Settlement 

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Pool Cracks and Settlement

 

OUR CAPABILITIES

Quality Assurance from a team you can trust.

Federal Engineering and Testing has been in business for over two decades now. Over this period we have been able to handle any size project that was thrown our way. We are prepared and willing to take on your next major project and can assure you that we will keep your job on track and will not hold up your operations. Here are some assurances of how we are able to do so:


Foundation Cracks

We employ a very sizable group of experienced engineers, field technicians and office staff.

Wall Cracks

Over the years we have learned that having the right reliable state of the art equipment is key.

Pool Cracks

Once we are selected we dedicate ourselves 100% to your project, nothing is put on the back burner.

Driveway Cracks

We know that waiting on us in not an option so we will always be there when you need us.