Foundation Inspection with Engineering Report
- All Safe Inspections provides expert engineering evaluations of your home's foundation with a written report.
- All Safe Inspections has extensive experience with the many different types of soils and foundations found in the Central Alabama area.
- The firm is also very familiar with the types of foundation repair methods used by local companies and contractors.
- If your inspection reveals repairs are needed, we will consult with you about the best repair method for your home's foundation and soil.
HUD/FHA Permanent Foundation Certification
Mortgages for the purchase of new or existing manufactured homes are usually insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), a division of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
As a condition of providing insurance, the FHA requires that the foundation for new homes be designed by, and the design sealed by a licensed Professional Engineer. The design must comply with FHA guidelines. For existing homes, a Professional Engineer is required to certify that the foundation meets the FHA requirements.
A permanent foundation is one that is “constructed of durable materials (concrete, mortared masonry, treated wood) and be site built. It shall have attachment points to anchor and stabilize the manufactured home to transfer all loads to underlying soil or rock. The permanent foundations shall be structurally developed in accordance with this document or be structurally designed by a licensed professional engineer.” Although the design must comply with the manufacturer’s instructions, doing so does not guaranty that it complies with the HUD Guide.
The design must provide vertical and lateral stability with anchorage capacity to prevent sliding due to wind or seismic forces in the transverse or longitudinal direction.
- Anchorage capacity to prevent uplift and overturning due to winds or seismic forces, whichever controls. Screw-in soil anchors are not considered permanent anchorage.
- Footing size to prevent overloading the soil-bearing capacity and avoids soil settlement. Footings shall be reinforced concrete to be considered permanent.
- Base of footing below maximum frost-penetration depth.
- Enclose a basement or crawl space with a continuous wall (whether bearing or non-bearing) that separates the basement of the crawlspace from the backfill, and keeps out vermin and water.
All Safe Inspections provides design and certification services by Professional Engineers.
“Dear Mr. Thornton, I appreciate the time and attention you gave to the department last September at Fire Station 9. The moisture and mold investigation you performed was very professional and your consultation concerning the test was most appreciative. Your detailed report helped us to determine the needed repairs. Thank you very much.”
– C. E. Walker, Assistant Fire Chief, Montgomery Fire Rescue
“Thank you so much. I wanted to let you know what a great experience your inspection was. You got it done FAST and it was very informative and detailed. I love that there were pictures to show exactly what you were talking about beside each section. If anyone I know is every looking for an inspector I'll definitely refer them to you.”
– Holly Calloway