I fraction invested in a real estate project several years back. Mid way through the construction, after about 12 floors, the building contractor filed for bankruptcy. An asset reconstruction company has now picked the project. Throughout the past 6 years there was no activity at the construction site and groundwater and rainwater collected at the basement of the structure. I am concerned that the structure might not be stable enough. The representatives of the asset reconstruction company are not the least bit bothered to conduct any stress testing. I wanted to seek some guidance on whom do I approach and what (tests?) do I ask for. I presume I should engage a civil engineer?
Edit: An asset reconstruction company takes over stressed/Chapter 11 i.e. Bankrupt companies. In this case, the asset reconstruction company has bought the project from a bankruptcy court and is now a part (majority) owner alongwith a few other investors like me.
Perhaps I could simplify the question by asking how damaging is waterlogging to a structure and what/who could be approached to evaluate and fix any issues, if at all that is possible. Of course not trying to get a comprehensive answer to a complex issue here. Just trying to doing to do some homework before engaging professional services.
I can think of two issues the a) added stress caused by the weight of the standing water might cause cracks/fractures and b) water permeating through pores there by reducing the hardness of the cement composite.