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Foundation Asset Inspections

Over the years many structures were built and continue to be built on concrete foundations. Concrete is a strong and stable support for the steel structures. Many structures will have a base plate that is attached to the top of the foundation with anchor bolts while others will have a stub angle embedded into the concrete. Some concrete foundations can become brittle and develop cracks, and even gets worst in time due to the freeze thaw affect. Many foundations are found with mechanical damage or can even be earth covered over the years, which allows uncoated steel to contact earth. Even though concrete make a good foundation for these structures, a good inspection needs to be performed to ensure the system reliability. This inspection will identify foundations that need repairs, buried foundations that will need raising or grading performed to get the foundation back above ground and even anchor bolts or steel members in need of repairs.

PowerGrid Resources has a cost-effective inspection program to evaluate and repair foundation problems that will ensure the structural stability for many years to come. The proper inspection and assessment will save the asset owner money by reducing the need for costly replacements. Most repairs can be performed with the line energized reducing the asset owner’s revenue losses.