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If you think your home is tilting call us for a foundation evaluation in Austin, TX.


Your First Choice for Foundation Evaluations in Austin, TX

The foundation is the most critical structural element of your home or business. Unfortunately, many soils found in the greater Houston and Austin areas are comprised of expansive clays that can significantly shrink or swell due to moisture variation. This can lead to significant damage to your foundation. When you turn to us for a foundation evaluation in Austin, TX, you can prevent that from happening. When your foundation tilts or deflects due to soil movement, other structural elements such as the framing may become distressed and potentially unserviceable. Don't wait until it's too late — call now to arrange a foundation inspection.


Potential Symptoms

IIt is strongly recommended that you have your foundation evaluated by an independent professional at our structural engineering firm if the foundation of your home or business exhibits the following distress problems:

  • Doors & Windows Not Closing Properly
  • Vertical, Horizontal, or Diagonal Cracks in the Interior or Exterior Walls
  • Tilting or Sloping Floor
  • Cracks in Foundation Slab

ASCE "Level B" Evaluation

Nevins Engineering provides a "Level B" foundation evaluation for slab-on-grade and pier and beam foundations. A "Level B" evaluation is an investigative process developed by the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and it includes:

  • Visual Exterior & Interior Observations
  • Remedial Recommendations, if Necessary
  • A Drainage Investigation
  • Conclusions
  • A Relative Elevation Survey
  • A Sealed P.E. Report
Tools for foundation inspection services in Austin, TX.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why should I hire an independent professional engineer?
A. A licensed real estate inspector can determine if a foundation or structural member is inadequate, but they cannot formally (or legally) inform you as to why it is inadequate or what remedial measures are required. He or she will often recommend that the structure is evaluated by a P.E. (professional engineer). A P.E. will be able to determine the reason why the structural member is noncompliant and, if necessary, what remedial repair options are available. Only a P.E. can legally inform you of the structural condition and integrity of a building. By hiring a P.E., you will not have to pay twice. A further benefit is that the opinion in the report is independent as Nevins Engineering does not have an interest in prescribing an expensive repair.

Q. Should I be worried about hairline cracks in my foundation slab?
A. A concrete foundation performing its intended function satisfactorily can have hairline cracks. If the cracks become large and there is separation, that would be cause for concern.

Q. What type of remedial repairs do you recommend?
A. It depends. It could range from just simple cosmetic repairs (caulk and paint) to drainage and landscaping improvements to foundation underpinning repairs.

Q. When should I call a foundation repair company?
A. You should contact a foundation repair company after it has been determined by an independent professional engineer that remedial repairs are required.

Q. How long does an inspection last?
A. It depends on the size and complexity of the job, but a typical residential inspection will last approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.

Q. What is your fee?
A. Our fee is dependent on the size of the foundation and the issues afflicting it. Generally, our fee schedule begins at $350 for a typical residential foundation with a 1500 sq. ft. footprint.

Q. Do you inspect new construction?
A. Yes. We provide foundation pre-pour observations if engineered drawings are available.

Q. Do you design new foundations?
A. Yes. We can provide design services for residential foundations.

Q. What information is required before design?
A. The design process requires architect drawings, building footprints, and a geotechnical report to inform us of the strength of the soil. This allows us to ensure that the foundation won't crack. Additionally, we need to know how many stories the building will be, what type of material is to be used, what support material will be used between floors, and the type of roofing.