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  • Louis arrived early an we reviewed the foundation crack issues. We walked around the building and Louis gave me detailed information about the dynamics of the type of foundation walls I have and type characteristics of the material.  He also informed me of common building construction methods required for the walls.  He identified references he uses to guide his evaluation and are required by regulation.  As we reviewed the condition of the concrete form foundation he showed me his engineering credential and described his experience and background as a structural engineer and his current role as a college professor of engineering. Louis described my foundation condition as a typical condition where the 59 foot wall did not have expansion joints.  For my wall length the concrete should have incorporated two expansion joints evenly spaced from one end to the other.  As it turns out the cracks on both sides of the building are in the same location the expansion joints would have been placed if the builder would have installed them.  Louis explained that many builder do not put the expansion joints in to avoid the potential of water seeping through. As is stands the cracks are not a structural problem. Louis certified the structure to be sound and the cracks are the result of the curing of the concrete over time.  He recommended hiring a contractor to fill the cracks with flexible sealer and apply a flexible outer material over the cracks on the outer wall to prevent water seeping into the wall.  I was fortunate to investigate the problem before I developed a water leak into the finished basement area.  Louis included all the details and recommendations in his formal certified engineering report which will serve to show the structure is sound in the event I sell the property.  Thanks to Louis for the additional engineering instruction and the extra advice about getting the water from drain gutters away from the foundation.
    - Dennis B.
  • Louis is a professional with integrity.  Short of long story - I highly recommend this company for any service provided.
    - Mary S.
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