For some reason the foundation repair industry has not adopted a consensus methodology.
• Some contractors walk around the house with a 4 foot level and make notes on a floor plan.
• Some read floor elevations with a water or ZIP level. Some walk around take pictures and make notes on a floor plan.
• I have even seen some contractors merely walk around and opine on cracks. For example saying something like ”this crack is a normal settlement crack”. As if there is some definition of what a “normal settlement crack” is or is not.
• On one occasion one contractor…. for their investigation that they charged money, for simply presented a quote for soil borings from a third party geotechnical engineer.
Because of this widely differing methodology you might imagine there are a wide variety of results. How is a person supposed to know which one is right? Helping you find a structural repair contractor with a high moral fiber, who adheres to ethical standards, and will not forgo their integrity to make an extra buck is what this section is all about!