Foundation Stage Inspection

Design of foundations and footings vary according to the dwelling design and the characteristics of the sub-soils.

A slab foundation may typically have a number of features engineered into it to deal with natural movement in the ground, the more reactive the soil (clay for example) the more extensive the engineering required. Various forms of strengthening beams, screw piles, concrete or timber piles and waffle pod designs may be used to provide a stable foundations.

In addition to engineering considerations the slab must also be constructed correctly.

What We Inspect at Base or Pre Pour Stage...

The ABIS inspection depends on the design of the foundation but for slab-on-ground constructions the following are checked:

  • That the site is identified is by a Builder's sign and or survey pegs. The site condition including safety, cross over, access, driveway slope, fences retaining walls etc.
  • Orientation of the building in relation to the access road. Weather conditions and site gradient.
  • The position of the external wall location in relation to the footings and the inclusion of reinforcement starter bars tied to the slab mesh. The steel visually checked for clearance from the base (40mm) and from the slab finish (no less than 20mm).
  • Under-slab services including drainage, plumbing, electrical, phone/data checked for defects, and quality of materials used. Installation of stormwater pipe system.
  • Termite control including the type and location of barriers relative to drainage pipes.
  • The location of the electrical meter box including the provision of a safety switch.
  • The site checked for possible termite nesting sites and other conditions conducive to termites.
  • Visually check that the site is clear of building rubbish and materials are stored appropriately.

More of What We Inspect at Base Stage...

Site Conditions:

  • Site Gradient
  • Cut/Cut & Fill/Fill
  • General Soil Type
  • Orientation to road
  • Weather: Raining/After rain/Dry
  • Surface drainage
  • Subsidence
  • Seepage
  • Retaining Walls & location

Site Improvements/Conditions:

  • Landscaping
  • Driveways/access/slope
  • Crossover
  • Paving
  • Fencing
  • Builder's sign/site identification
  • Stormwater pipes

Floor Structure:

  • Footings
  • Formwork/brick base
  • Damp-proofing membrane
  • Steel placement and fixing
  • Thickening beams/piers
  • Sub-base compaction
  • Floors below ground level
  • Suspended floors

Under slab Services:

  • Sewage pipes
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Phone/data cable
  • Termite control

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