Structural Inspection Professional Engineering Services

Whether you are buying or selling a property, or suspect structural problems in your buildings, CRM Engineering Services can provide you with a level A, B, or C structural inspection.

Level A inspection

This level of investigation shall be clearly identified as a report of first impressions and shall not imply that any higher level of investigation has been performed. This level of investigation will typically include, but is not restricted to:

  • Interview the occupant, owner and client if possible, regarding a history of the property and performance of the structure
  • Request from the client and review the provided documents regarding the foundation, such as construction drawings, geotechnical reports, previous testing and inspection reports, and previous repair information
  • Make visual observations during a physical walk-through
  • Observe factors influencing the performance of the foundation
  • If requested by the client, provide a written report, containing at least the following:
    • scope of services
    • observations, site characteristics, and data deemed pertinent by the engineer
    • discussion of major factors influencing foundation performance and rationale in reaching conclusions concerning the subject residence
    • conclusions and any recommendations for further investigation and remedial or preventative measures

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Level B inspection

This level of investigation should include a written report including the items listed above for a Level A inspection and also the following items:

  • A determination of relative foundation elevations, considering floor finishes, in sufficient detail to represent the shape of the foundation or floor adequately.
  • A drawing showing relative elevations

A level B inspection is recommended for structures sited in areas with expansive soils.

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Level C inspection

This level of investigation shall include the items listed above for Level A and Level B inspections and additional services, testing and related reports deemed appropriate by the Engineer. These may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Site specific soil sampling and testing
  • Plumbing testing
  • Material testing
  • Steel reinforcing survey
  • Post tensioning cable testing

This level of investigation should also include a more detailed level of reporting, which may include the following:

  • Scaled drawings
  • Description of factors that affect soil moisture
  • Observations of cut and fill
  • Tree survey
  • Photographs
  • Detailed distress survey

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