Engineering & Inspection Services, Licensed PE - Alabama & Tennessee


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Engineering Inspection Services
Nashville and Southern Tennessee

Nashville is known as the Music City, but most don't know Nashville is a hidden gem of early American history. Did you know, the term Old Glory was born in Nashville? The city of Nashville gets its name from General Francis Nash who lost his life during the American Revolution.

Historians consider The Battle Nashville to be one of the Union Army's most impressive tactical victories. 50,000 Union soldiers conquered one of the Confederacy's most powerful armies.

95% of Cracks are Cosmetic. Don't be Scared into Spending Thousands by a Contractor

At Jade Engineering, we have a lot in common Nashville’s early American heroes.

We stand up for home buyers and sellers who find themselves being bullied by contractors and home inspectors that just aren't familiar with the fundamental principles of engineering when it comes to cracks in your home and foundation.

Nashville may be the music city, but you don't have to put up with the song and dance from contractors who tell you nearly all cracks are catastrophic and in need of immediate repair.

Before you buy into this song and dance, ask them to show you the damage on the inside of your home. Chances are, there isn't any. Then, you can let them know, they need to brush up on the fundamentals of construction.

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James "Buck" Durham, Owner
JADE Engineering & Inspection

I have over 30 years experience doing one thing and one thing only: performing honest evaluations on the structural condition of homes and buildings. 

I've seen a lot of things over the years, but one of my biggest pet peeves is when a home inspector calls every crack in brick veneer and foundation concrete a settlement crack. This is rarely the case.

Cracks Are a Part of Life in Dixieland.

Brick and clay expand with the weather. If you have a concrete or block foundation, cracks are simply going to happen. You just can't win a fight with mother nature.

Cracks in brick veneer are not the fault of mother nature. Typically, you can blame them on builders who don't know how to properly make use of expansion joints. Bricks expand with changes in the weather.

If expansion joints are not installed in the right places, your brick will do what it has to do to expand. And you'll be left with cracks.

Why You Should Work with Us

We've been serving Tennessee and Alabama for over 30 years and we specialize in doing exactly one thing: Evaluating structural problems for commercial and residential buildings.

Sure, other engineering firms can do what we do. But, we are the best in the business because we specialize in honing our craft.

If you needed a knee replacement you wouldn't go to your general practitioner and hope he's done enough knee replacements that he knows what he's doing. You would see a specialist who eats, sleeps, and breathes knee replacements. Why should taking care of your body be any different than taking care of your home or business?

We've been serving Tennessee and Alabama for over 30 years. We’re experts at dealing with the unique construction challenges of the southeast.

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Don't Live in Fear of Structural Issues Ruining your Life

We provide homeowners and business owners of  Nashville and Southern Tennessee peace of mind.

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Horror stories about structural failures ruining homes, businesses, and prized possessions are not unique to Nashville, Tennessee or any other city throughout the United States.

$450* for a structural inspection is a very small price to pay when it comes to your peace of mind. Don't live in fear of a structural failure or be bullied by a less than knowledgeable inspector into spending thousands of dollars on a repair that isn't necessary.

*Standard pricing example based on one structural issue. Actual cost estimates will be provided before inspection services are rendered.

Contact us now.

Let us know how WE can help YOU.


Real Estate Agent Inspections

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The real estate market in Nashville is one of the hottest in the country. We understand in the real estate business time is money. We offer same-day service for real estate agents, so you can worry about closing the deal not the structural integrity of the property.

Residential Inspections

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Before buying a home with serious structural damage or letting an inspector tell you you need to spend thousands in repairs you should speak with one of our engineering experts. 

Our highly trained engineers are capable of diagnosing any structural issue in a home from the foundation to the roof.

We know peace of mind is priceless when buying or selling a home.

Mortgage Inspections

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Mortgage companies need to know the home their customer wants to buy is a sound investment. We offer inspections for everything from pests and septic systems to foundation repair.

Because of our prime location, we are typically able to service clients in Nashville on the same day they contact us.

Consultations for Contractors

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Keeping up with Nashville's booming real estate market is a tall order for any contractor. We know you have a lot on your plate. We are here to help.

We can assist you with everything from framing plans to retaining wall design and anything in between.

Septic Tank Inspections

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JADE has been performing septic system inspections since 1987. We understand how septic systems work and how to evaluate the performance of an existing system. 

Our inspections include meeting with a septic pumping contractor on site, as well as a thorough inspection of the tank and access portals, pumping water into lines and walking buried field lines. 

We always follow up inspections with a complete written report of all findings.

Wood Pests Inspections

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Living in Nashville you have the opportunity to enjoy great food, one of the best music scenes on the planet, and healthcare that is among the best in the country.

No matter where you live, wood pests such as termites can be a big problem for any property owner. These persistent pests do not discriminate.

Let one of our highly skilled engineers help you determine if you have a wood pest problem and what your best course of action is.