Structural Assessment

As one of Minnesota’s best forensic engineering firms,  we find and combat structural issues that threaten the integrity of buildings or timeliness of a project. 

Fast, Cost-effective Structural Engineer

Saving you headaches & providing long-term solutions

Our experienced engineers are fully prepared to help you bridge any structural challenge you are dealing with; whether it’s ice dams, drainage issues, wall cracking, sagging ceilings, moisture intrusion, crumbling foundation, construction defect or help with an insurance claim, Complete Building Solutions can assist!

drainage issues

Ground water Management

There are several variables that cause drainage issues. However, if your home was built before 1991, you may be experiencing heavier symptoms than most due to lack of grading/drainage codes at that time. 

You may need help with grading & drainage if you notice: 

  • Standing water around your foundation
  • Swampy landscape 
  • Flooded or wet basements and parking garages
  • Cracked/crumbling foundations 
  • Lack of gutters and downspouts
  • Heaving concrete or asphalt

Complete Building Solutions knows how painful drainage issues can be to live with. If you are tired of unresolved water issues, call Complete Building Solutions to start the discussion today!

Foundation, Garage floor/Apron, or Retaining Wall

Cracked and bowing foundations, garage floors/aprons, and retaining walls can be a cause for concern! Hire Complete Building Solution’s forensic team to perform a thorough assessment and gain factual information about the structural integrity of the area in question. A report can be generated depicting the findings, potential causes, and scope of repair.

Settling, Cracks, or Structural Defect

Structural defects can be the result of poor workmanship or faulty design.

Signs of structural defects are: 

  • Sticky doors and windows
  • Crumbling or cracking foundation
  • Wall & ceiling cracks
  • Bowing walls or sagging ceilings or floors
  • Steps pulling away from the house

Complete Building Solutions performs detailed structural engineering inspections and reports depicting our findings and solutions (upon request).

Insurance claims: storm & fire

Did you know that Minnesota state law requires that an unbiased third-party works through the claim process with your contractor and insurance company?

Complete Building Solutions is fully prepared to be that third-party; providing you with a powerful property inspection for weather related or fire damages, a detailed report depicting findings and/or scope of replacement, and to fiercely advocate for replacement of your products when necessary. 

We say what is there and how to fix it, correctly, every time.

hail damage on roof
ice dam breaking gutter

Ice Dam, Attic, roof, deck, siding

As thermal break technology experts, Complete Building Solutions believes in optimum building performance. It’s what we do! Hire our team to perform an inspection and deliver you a thorough report for existing defects or conditions within a home, building, or multi-family property.

Building symptoms may include:

  • Ceiling/wall stains
  • Ice dams
  • Mold/mildew
  • Drainage issues

Reasons to get an inspection:

  • Condition/lifespan assessment
  • Bringing construction up to code
  • High energy bills or heat loss

Construction defect

Several defects can occur during or after the construction of a building. Finding and remediating these defects is an important step to safeguarding the longevity of your home or complex and to ensure building materials last their intended lifespan. This is  especially true for multi-family complexes where residents expect the building materials lifespan to match the reserve study estimates.

Symptoms can be:

  • Ice dams
  • Drainage problems
  • Leaky/eroding foundations
  • Missing/curled shingles
  • Cracked/heaving driveways, and sidewalks
  • Cracked brick

No other Minnesota firm can match our know-how when it comes to detecting construction defects. After working on some of the largest cases in the state, and winning, we can confidently guide you through the process. 

We use our forensic gifts to perform methodical inspections, generate detailed analysis reports with recommended repairs and serve as expert witnesses throughout the litigation process, providing a 3rd party opinion on your case.

construction defect in home


Anytime additional weight is applied to your roofing system, such as solar panels, a structural engineer needs to verify the existing structural system is capable of carrying the extra weight. Complete Building Solutions structural engineering team performs such inspections and analysis. When the findings aren’t ideal, we generate solutions which can be used to pull required building permits and proceed with the project.

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