Residential Structural Evaluations
Are you in need of a structural evaluation due to home inspection issues? Do you need an engineer to evaluate the property for a construction permit? Whether you’ve got a deteriorated foundation, a problematic construction project, you failed a permit inspection, or are concerned about a noticeable home issue, let the professionals at Deska Services provide you with an experienced and affordable structural evaluation and recommendations for repairs. We have professionally licensed engineers on staff to properly evaluate and diagnose structural issues.
Professional Structural Evaluations
Our structural evaluations are available for some of these more common issues a home faces:
- Roof Truss Issues
- Floor Joist Issues
- Foundation Cracks
- Foundation Settlement
- Retaining Wall Issues
- Building Permit Issues
- Construction Inspections
Roof Truss Issues
Broken or cracked roof trusses are very common in our area due to the age of many homes. A broken or deteriorated truss member can be very serious issue, even if it’s only one member. Trusses are designed to be incredibly strong by their design of having all members be either in tension or compression. By allowing none of the truss members to act as beams with any flexural or moment loading, trusses maximize their strength to material ratio.
The downside of trusses is that because they’re so efficiently designed, they are non-redundant structures. This means that if one member or one joint fails, the entire system will fail. This is why just one truss issue can be very serious.
Understanding how a truss is signed and functions is important for repairing or retrofitting a truss system. Considering the complex nature of how truss systems work, it is important that truss systems are designed by professional engineers and are repaired properly by licensed and certified contractors. Improperly repaired truss systems can result in serious structural and safety issues.
There is a verbal engineering evaluation fee that includes the following:
- Site visit by licensed professional engineer
- Verbal background of the site observations
- Specific description of the problem as visible
- Specific diagnosis or “next steps” if required for proper diagnosis to be performed
- Rating of the issue from “aesthetic”, “structural”, to “critical safety”
- General repair or follow-up recommendations
- This evaluation type is also known as an engineer’s opinion
If desired, a written, signed, and sealed engineering report of the licensed professional engineer’s observations on site can be provided documenting the site visit for an additional fee.
If you’ve got a question about our structural inspection or engineering services, do not hesitate to contact us and set up a consultation.