This book is the result of the author's 25 years of experience in the analysis and correction of foundation failures. While it is intended as a reference for engineers,architects,appraisers,realtors,lenders,contractors,developers and real estate inspectors,its main thrust is to provide building contractors with background on the proper design of foundations to help them understand what can typically go wrong,why,and what to do about it. It also incorporates important information for homeowners and prospective home buyers. An entire chapter is devoted to Foundation Inspection and Evaluation for the Residential Buyer. Other chapters cover the factors influencing the design and behavior of foundations,including: Water Behavior in Soils,Land Planning and Site Preparation,Soil Mechanics,General Properties of Concrete,Foundation Design,Soil Stabilization,Foundation Failures,Repair Procedures,and Preventive Maintenance. The final section includes a Checklist for Foundation Inspection.