Are You A Homeowner? 3 Times You Might Need To Hire A Structural Engineer

If you are like most people, you probably can't imagine hiring a structural engineer to help you around the house, unless you happen to be married to one. However, these valuable professionals can help you to evaluate the load demands around your house and yard. Here are three times you might need to hire a structural engineer:

1: When You Want to Remove A Wall

Taking out a wall or two might not seem like that big of a deal, especially if you have been binge-watching home renovation shows. Unfortunately, if you mistakenly take out a load-bearing wall, your home could develop serious structural problems. The weight of your roof and the upper levels of your home are supported by internal beams, which are hidden inside of walls. Although your home might seem fine shortly after you cut away supporting beams, over time, your roof could collapse.

Before you remove any type of interior wall, consult with a structural engineer. They can carefully evaluate the load points in your home's structure, and tell you which walls can come down safely.

2: When You Need to Repair Your Foundation

Since those small foundation cracks don't seem menacing, you might be more than willing to run to the store and purchase some patching material. Unfortunately, since your foundation supports the weight of your home, fixing it improperly could just cover up a serious existing problem.

If you notice issues with your foundation, hire a structural engineer to compile a report on the problem. These reports can cost between $300 and $800, but the information could help you to address underlying issues.   

3: When You Want to Change Your Landscaping

When the weather warms up, you might be excited to get outside, dig out those flowerbeds, or change that retaining wall. However, because land grading can alter the way that water flows around your home, you might want to talk with a structural engineer before you make any sweeping changes.

A structural engineer can carefully calculate the estimated weight of landscaping materials, so that you use the right materials for retaining walls. If you are planning on digging out an area for an in-ground trampoline, a structural engineer could give you advice for how to keep the area from collapsing. To stay safe and keep your yard attractive, talk with a structural engineer before you move any large volume of dirt or gravel.

By working with a structural engineer, you might be able to fend off future problems and unplanned expenses. For more information, contact BIE Engineering Corp Edmonton or a similar company.