When you have the following problems in your house, you should call for "Structural Inspections"
  • Horizontal cracks in your basement walls
  • Vertical cracks in your basement walls
  • Your floor has noticeable settlement
  • Your exterior walls are leaning
  • Your roof is sagging

Do you know that the houses over ten years old most likely would develop the above problems? Why?

Here are the answers:
Architects designed the house with little or no help from structural engineer
Most towns allowed owner to make their own design without architect or engineer

What we found in the houses during our past 30 years of inspections:
Beams and columns were under sized to carry design loads:
- Beams were not able to carry floor live loads
- Columns were not designed for buckling
Beams and columns were not installed properly to conform to code and manufacturer's recommendations:
- Most TJI joist installations did not have "Squash Blocks" at load points.
- TJI web made of plywood crippled under heavy loads. (This is one of the main reasons why floor settled)
Bearing walls have no support under the floor.
Most multi-story constructions do not have moment connections between beams and column for wind and
earthquake loads (the designs were for vertical loads
only)

What we will do for you when we are called for the inspection:
We will find the cause of your problems
We will find remedial solutions for your problems
We will make design for you for construction permit and signed / sealed with "Registered Professional
Engineer's Seal"


For more information, please contact
David Shih at asellc@earthlink.net
or call at 973.316.8855


     

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