These days almost anyone who appears to be an adult, has a hard hat, a tape measure and a clipboard can claim to be a foundation inspector.
Even a well educated registered professional engineer can make the claim. But if his field of expertise is aeronautics or electrical, might as well have your dentist check the slab.
In his book “Foundation Repair Manual”, Robert Wade Brown offers theses pointers for choosing an engineer to inspect your concrete foundation, be it slab or pier and beam:
- The engineer should be registered as a structural or civil engineer.
- He or she should be independent, unbiased and not associated with any self-serving entity–foundation repair company, builder, insurer and such.
- If possible, the engineer should have extensive hands-on experience in foundation repair.
In short, try to find an engineer who has a lot of experience with residential or light commercial foundations yet is not tied directly or indirectly to any particular contractor, builder or insurance company.