A slab pre-pour inspection is vital to any new build using a slab as the foundation. The design and type of slab used in your project will depend on several factors, and an inspection should be carried out before any concrete is poured.
What Should I Look For In A Slab?
When building a house, a slab is a very popular choice for builders. There are many benefits to using a slab in any construction project, including:
- Concrete is versatile and suitable for many types of homes.
- Concrete has a high thermal mass, which is suitable in cool climates to reduce night-time heating expenses
- Slabs can be installed directly on the ground, suspended, or a mix of both, depending on where they will be installed.
- Concrete is highly durable, provided care is taken during construction.
Your builder can talk you through the benefits of using a slab for your project. Owner Inspections can provide a slab pre-pour inspection to ensure your slab is constructed to the building guidelines of your area.
How Do I Find Out If My House Is On A Slab?
In many modern homes, a slab is a standard construction method. But, if you have an older home or are unsure about your property, you can find out if you have a slab foundation with a little investigation.
A slab is one of the most common construction methods, and it involves concrete being poured directly onto the ground. After the slab is poured and cures, the home is constructed onto this concrete base. There are several different types of slabs used in modern construction, and finding your specific slab will require you to locate the plans for your build.
The easiest method to find out if you have a slab foundation is to walk the perimeter of your home and look for a hatch that leads into a crawl space. If you find a hatch, you can open it and look under your house. Any home with a crawl space will not have a slab foundation. Homes with a slab foundation are often built very low to the ground, and the land will be levelled to create a stable base for the concrete.
What Happens Before The Slab Is Poured?
Before your slab can be poured, the plumber will need to lay all the pipes in their correct location. After the plumber has finished, the framework for the slab can be installed, and the reinforcement will be placed into position. At this stage, the slab pre-pour inspection can be carried out to ensure the slab is being constructed to the correct standards as set out in your plans. After the inspection has been completed, the slab pour can commence.
What Is A Slab Detail?
The slab detail is the type of reinforcement required for the conditions of the building. A slab can be supported on walls, beams, or columns. If a slab is supported by columns, it is known as a flat slab. Where a slab is supported on two sides and bending takes place in only one direction, it is a One Way Slab. With slabs that are supported on all sides and bending can occur in two directions, it is a Two Way Slab.
A slab pre-pour inspection is aimed at checking the elements of the slab and ensuring everything is installed as required. The team at Owner Inspections can complete your slab pre-pour inspection and prepare a report that details if anything needs to be fixed before the slab is poured.