Foundation Collapse


Improperly installed foundations can lead to a number of serious problems including cracking, water intrusion, displacement, subsidence, and damage to the superstructure. Foundation problems may occur when the asphalt or concrete mixture does not meet proper specifications, or the mixture is either too cold or hot, or too wet or dry, before installation.

Failure to provide sufficient steel reinforcement may also lead to asphalt defects such as cracking, structural failure, or even collapse. Soil movement can cause massive damage to a structure, including cracking of slabs and concrete, and separations of drywall and stucco. Prior to construction, most developments must be graded. During this phase soil can either be added or removed. Failure to achieve the proper soil compaction may result in land subsidence.

VMAR engineers analyze the components of the foundation, including the slab, footing, foundation wall, and steel reinforcement, along with the soil and soil reports, and determine whether the foundation and substrate complies with the requirements of the applicable building codes. We then determine the cause of the foundation problem.

When You Need to Know . . .

  • Was this part of the scope of work?
  • What is the extent of the collapse / crack / subsidence?
  • What are the before and after conditions?
  • What is the capacity of the foundation?
  • Does the existing condition satisfy applicable building codes?
  • Was the defect inherent in the design?
  • Was the defect caused by the construction?
  • Was the defect caused by the property owner?

Detail of Foundation Collapse Investigation and Analysis Service

  • Review and evaluate case file
  • Review approved construction plans, construction inspection reports, O&M reports, and scope of work for available architect, engineer, and contractor contracts
  • Determine "as designed", "as-built", and "existing" conditions
  • Research and analyze applicable building codes
  • Perform finite element analyses of "as designed", "as-built", and "existing" foundation system
  • Determine effects of pre-stressing / post-tensioning of slabs
  • Analyze soil reports
  • Examine location of adjacent trees and shrubs to determine root penetration and damage
  • Determine the level of serviceability of the current condition
  • Determine effects of overuse or improper use, along with effects of age, weathering, and environmental conditions
  • Preparation of a fully detailed written report

Our 21 Day

In the world of claims adjusting we know that you usually have only a 30-day window in which to determine the merits of a claim. That's why we promise to handle your assignment and get the completed report into your hands within 21 calendar days.

And we back our promise with this guarantee:

If we do not get your assignment completed within 21 calendar days, then we cut your cost in half.