Concrete foundation inspection checklist

 In this article I have highlighted the key points to be checked prior to concrete placement.

 Concrete pre placement construction activities shall consist of foundation preparation, rebar and embed placement, form work construction and all other activities necessary to prepare for concrete placement.

Key Inspection Attributes

Following are minimum key inspection items that should be checked and/or verified prior to concrete placement:

  • verify that the concrete foundation surface has been cleaned of any laitance
  • verify that the concrete foundation surface has been sufficiently roughened to provide adequate bonding to the new concrete
  • verify that all trash (mud, dirt, paper) has been removed from the placement area
  • verify that the placement area is damp but not wet
  • verify that all puddles of water have been removed
  • in the case of a soil foundation, verify that it has been properly compacted
  • verify that forms appear sufficiently sturdy to support the weight of the wet concrete
  • verify that the forms are clean and free of foreign materials
  • verify that form release agent has been applied to the forms
  • verify that large holes and cracks have been filled to prevent mortar loss
  • verify that the reinforcing steel has been properly installed (secure, properly spaced and placed, proper clearance between reinforcing steel and the form work and free of all foreign material)
  • verify that all embedded items have been properly installed (secure, properly spaced and placed, free of all foreign material)
  • verify that the placement area is clean and free of foreign material
  • verify that necessary precautions have been taken for hot or cold weather concreting
  • verify that arrangements have been made to allow for the proper storage of concrete cubes per approved codes
  • verify that arrangements have been made to allow for the proper placement of the concrete

verify that the Concrete Pour Card has been signed and filled out properly by all involved parties

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