Category: Home Repairs

Improperly Designed Garage Foundation Leads to Failure at 15 Years Old

We sometimes are in the unfortunate position of observing structural failures. Some, like this one, aren’t dramatic because the building has not (yet) collapsed. But we see and remedy the consequences of building elements that are improperly designed. This building, a two-stall, two-story detached garage built in 2003, included a foundation wall that retained about… Read More »

Properly Installed Lally Columns

Check out the new lally column and concrete footing installed in a recent basement renovation we helped engineer.  It doesn’t look like much from the surface but, too many times, we’ve seen this simple installation performed wrong. If you see your contractor installing adjustable jack posts instead of lally columns (hollow steel tube filled with… Read More »

Building Permits and Safety

“We don’t need a permit for this, we are only ______.”  We’ve all heard this sentence many times over the years.  It is sadly driven by the desire to save construction expense and increased property taxes associated with the improvement in value after completing upgrades to real estate.  However, skipping this important step in a… Read More »

Why Tile and Grout Crack

Why do tile and grout crack?  It is easier to understand why a material fails if we first understand how it is made. Tile is clay formed into a desired shape then treated with fire to harden it. The firing process turns the malleable clay into a solid material that is very hard and very… Read More »

Termite Structural Damage

Structural damage from wood-destroying insects is a condition that Team Engineering can identify, evaluate its extent, and design repairs for, if needed. Here in New England, the most common culprits are termites, carpenter ants and carpenter bees. Depending on how long the insects have been active without extermination, the damage can be significant enough to… Read More »