Welcome to Professional Engineering Inspections

Professional Engineering Inspections has been providing residential and commercial inspection and consulting services for existing and new construction in the Greater Houston area for over 28 years.  Our services include prepurchase condition of property inspections, inspection of new construction, legal inspections, as well as inspections and consulting services where our clients may have specific needs.  Our experience in construction consulting, where we are often asked to help find and solve construction related problems, is reflected in our inspection work and the quality of our resulting inspection reports.  Our quality inspection services and reporting provide our clients with information that is useful in making an informed decision through narrative format reports which are easy to read and easy to understand.  Our professional staff is also available to assist you in your inspection needs and to answer any questions you may have related to the inspection or consulting work we perform.

All of our reports and any associated photographs are made available online in an easy to access and secure Adobe Acrobat format for download and distribution.

Locations Served

Professional Engineering Inspections service area includes Houston and its outlying areas. We most frequently provide our services in the areas around Houston including Katy, The Woodlands, Kingwood, Baytown, League City, Friendswood, Pearland, Galveston, and Richmond. Upon request we will travel anywhere within the State of Texas and have provided our services to our clients in Austin, El Campo, Columbus, Brenham, Bryan, College Station, Corsicana, Dallas, Denton, and Livingston. If we must travel outside our normal service area we must normally charge a reasonable travel fee. Our travel fees are depended upon the time expected to be spent on site and distance to be traveled. If you live outside of the Houston area do not hesitate to contact our offices for a travel fee.

 

 

Dry Weather Affecting Foundations

It’s August and it’s dry.  If you live in the Houston area this means you should be watering your foundation if you have not already started.  I have gotten behind in the watering around my own home and office, and it is starting to show.  We have been busy with the summer workload, and I have not serviced my foundation watering system this year.  The controller failed and I am working to get it back up and running.  This failure has allowed the soil at the foundation to shrink and pull away from the foundation resulting in a small degree of differential movement in my foundation.

Do you wonder if watering systems really work to improve performance of foundations resting on expansive soil?  These photos showing before watering and after on the same day show the improvement in only a very short time.  This drying resulted in a poor fit at the entry to my office, and the watering has improved the fit significantly.

Dry Soil Before Watering

Before Watering - Morning

 

Dry Soil After Watering

After Watering - Afternoon Same Day

Watering can be as simple as a soaker hose connected to a hose bib with a daily timer.  If you are not already doing this, consider doing so now.  Foundation recommendations for watering can be found on our web site at: http://www.profengineering.com/foundationinformation   Contact us if you have questions using the contact form link on the left side of our web site.

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