Settlement

All concrete block foundations should be inspected for problems associated with settlement. Although serious settlement problems are relatively uncommon, uneven settlement can be a major structural problem in residential buildings. Indications of settlement are...

Vertical cracks in building foundations

Foundation cracks, which are signs of foundation damage, can mean very different things depending on the material from which a foundation is made, the location, size, and shape of the foundation crack, and other site observations. How to Diagnose the significance of...

Notching I Joists

I-joists are engineered truss joists that are lighter and less expensive than typical floor joists. There are two parts to an I-joist, the flange and the web. The flange cannot be modified. Cutting, notching, or putting holes in the flange will weaken an I-joist. The...