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California Foundation Works Services:

Foundation Repair

Foundation Repair Services in LA, SFV, OC and Ventura 

Damaged house foundation require foundation repairCalifornia Foundation Works is a full service foundation repair contractor and seismic retrofitting service. We perform foundation inspections and provide you with solutions to your foundation needs. We specialize in foundation repair, foundation upgrades, earthquake retrofitting, house bolting, floor leveling, concrete repair and construction and drainage solutions.

Foundation issues have become a real concern in owning or selling a home today. With the newest technology and modern understanding of how a foundation interacts with the soil beneath, we are able to provide you with sound foundation repair solutions to protect your home and your investment.

Serious damage to your home foundation or to your commercial property can develop immediately after building a new home or years later as changes occur within the soils that surround and support your home or property. Whether the damage is caused by changes in soil moisture content, poor drainage, concrete issues, or poor compaction of fill soils, California Foundation Works offers permanent solutions to get your Los Angeles property back on solid ground.

California Foundation Works Team repairing a house foundation in Los Angeles, CAAlthough concrete is a relatively strong construction material, cracks can form, drastically reducing the strength and integrity of a concrete foundation. Raised foundations can shift, due to movements in the soil beneath, leaving the foundation uneven or damaged.

Typically the foundation perimeter will settle more quickly than the piers under the floor, causing the sagging floors to arc damaging door frames and window margins.

Your Foundation Repair Contractor LA, SFV, OC and Ventura.

In short, the doors become difficult to close, and cracks in the finished surfaces begin to show up more and more often, and can leave your home defenseless and vulnerable on a weak foundation. Once the foundation damage has begun, if steps are not taken to correct it, the problems will increase and accelerate out of control.

If the foundation has deteriorated beyond repair, a new foundation can be installed, or in some cases, a sister foundation can be installed alongside the existing one and tied into the structure, bearing the weight and relieving the stress on the damaged areas.

There are many solutions available to you and California Foundation Works has the knowledge and expertise to make your property safe again.

Our foundation repair services include:

     

 Foundation Replacement

 Foundation Crack Repair

 Sister Foundation

     

 Foundation Underpinning Retrofit

 Soft Story Reinforcement

 Slab Slab Settlement & Crack Repair

     

 Hillside Retrofitting

 Caissons Foundation

 Sidewalk Repair & Installation

Contact California Foundation Works for a Free Estimate & Inspection today!

 

House Leveling

We Specialize in House Leveling and Floor Leveling in Los Angeles | Orange | Ventura

After long period of time, building foundations will have some degree of settlement. There are a variety of factors which contribute to the underlying causes of settlement issues that need to be evaluated to find the best remedy for each individual case. Some of the causes could include: construction on un-compacted soil, undersized footing, or the presence of a plumbing leak over a long period of time.

WARNING SIGNS OF A NON-LEVEL HOUSE:
* Doors and windows do not open and close properly
* Cracks in your walls (interior and exterior)
* Bumps in your floors
* Squeaky floors

 A sagging floor is common in older homes and is due to foundation settlement. Over time the soil under the foundation will settle, usually at different rates in different areas, causing the floor to warp and sag.

The cause of foundation settlement can be poorly compacted soil, or the cumulative effects of earthquakes over time, but the main reason is usually water. Poor drainage, water from leaky pipes, rain, or sprinklers, if it is allowed to collect near the foundation and soak the soil. Wet soil has reduced bearing capacity, and over time will result in soil settlement and foundation damage.

Here are the steps in the floor leveling process:

Shoring - beams are inserted under your home with jacks underneath.

Detaching House from Founadtion - Slowly, these jacks are raised evenly with minimum damage to the interior of your home.

New Support: - Once the building has been leveled, the existing foundation is adjusted to provide a solid bearing surface upon which the level floor is reset and anchored.
new piers are added; these new piers hold the adjustment in place

Leveling these uneven floors with a hydraulic jack can be a very tricky job and should only be done by a licensed, experienced contractor. If settled portions are lifted incorrectly, it can cause even more damage to the structure, breaking windows and creating even larger cracks. If old wood is warped into an arc, it may retain its shape even after leveling house supports. This is where our experience and expertise can help you correct sagging floors and the effects of foundation damage as much as possible while preventing the more expensive step of total replacement.

Leveling Your Slab Concrete Floors

In case you hae a slab floor and your need floor leveling, California Foundation Works is #1 when it comes to installing Concrete Overlays in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties. We can apply Self-Leveling Concrete Overlays to level your slab floor before you install a new carpet, hardwood floor or tiles.

An overlay is an option to cover up minor flaws, but it shouldn't be placed over major cracks that are structural in nature or concrete with severe spalling. Thicker-build overlays can cover up minor dips in a floor and go up to the bottom of baseboards if there is a gap after removal of previous floor coverings.

If you want to maintain a seamless transition between rooms, thinner overlays can go down to a featheredge, so they won't create a noticeable height difference.

 

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Drainage Solutions

We Specialize in Drainage Solutions Installation in Los Angeles | Orange | Ventura

Every year sinking foundations, cracked and buckled foundation walls, and cracked and uneven floors affect millions of homeowners in southern California. Buildings located on unstable soils will settle when the foundation is subjected to moisture or poor drainage. A shifting foundation could result in structural damage and potentially, a loss of your investment.

If you are experiencing any of these problems:

• Excess water in the foundations & basement walls
• Excess water around plants
• Excess water from driveway enters garage
• Standing water in your lawn or vegetation areas
• Flood basement or crawl space area
• Basement or crawl space mold and mildew
• Mold or moisture damage in the crawl space
• Musty odors in the living area
• Condensation on air conditioning ductwork or equipment
• Condensation on insulation, water pipes
• Buckled hardwood floors
• High humidity in the living area

We provide all types of exterior drainage solution such as french drain, sealing your foundation, pop-up drain, channel drain, round greats drain, catch basin drain, atrium grates drain, different pipe drain, square grates drain and waterproofing to deal with poor drainage and crawl space moisture in the crawl space and foundation area, back yard area, pooling lawns and driveways for residential and commercial properties in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties.

The installation of proper drainage systems surrounding the structure provides a safeguard against the impact of water accumulation, irrigation and flooding during the rainy season. Soil erosion and shifting can be prevented.

Maintaining proper drainage at the perimeter of your foundation can prevent many ways of foundation damages.

Proper Soil Grading. Grading will help to channel water away from the building. Irrigation sprinklers should be pointed away from foundation walls.

Drainage Solutions. Surface water should not be allowed to pool near the foundation. Damage to the concrete, settlement and mold are some of the potential problems that can come up for buildings with poor drainage.

In addition to functional gutters and downspouts, some of the ways to direct water away from the building foundation are the installation of area drains, catch basins or trench drains. We can provide you with the right solutions to keep water where it belongs.

French Drains. French drains are used to attract, collect and divert underground water away from areas which could be damaged by the presence of water.

A typical French Drain is constructed by: Excavating a trench strategically placed and filling trench with ¾" gravel around a centered 3" PVC perforated pipe. Additionally, all gravel is to be wrapped with "Soil Separator" fabric to prevent soil particle accumulation in French Drain. French drains are also used behind retaining walls to relieve ground water pressure.

Sump Pumps. A sump pump may be homeowners' first line of defense against water accumulation at areas such as a basement or crawlspace where it can cause damage.

We offer different solutions, using different drainage components, such as: pop-up drain, channel drain, round grates drain, catch basin drain, atrium grates drain, different pipe drain, french drain, square grates drain, lawn scape outlet, etc.

Please see drawing below:

Protect your Foundation, Lawn, and Landscape with a Drainage System!

French drains

Divert stormwater away from your building’s foundation and can be installed in any area on your property that collects water. French drains are constructed with a perforated pipe, then gravel and filter fabric surrounds the pipe, similar to foundation drain systems.

Rounded Grate

Are used in landscape areas, planter beds, window wells, or where debris like mulch and leaves might clog a flat grate. These grates are engineered to fit various sewer and drain pipes and fittings.

Pop-Up Emitters

Pop-Up drainage Emitters act as the discharge point of a drainage system, opening easily when needed to allow water to flow freely from the pipe and away from structural foundations. The patented spring-loaded cap opens with the hydrostatic pressure of water flowing through the drain pipe, then closes as the flow diminishes.

Atrium Grates

Are used in landscape areas, planter beds, window wells, or where debris like mulch and leaves might clog a flat grate.  Choose from our wide selection of round, square, poly, or brass atrium grates.

Catch Basins

Are connected to storm drainpipes. They are plastic or matel structures (either round or rectangular) with metal grates on top. Catch basins capture debris that could clog the pipes in a drain system.

Flo-Well

Are a sustainable solution for stormwater runoff. Used independently or as part of a larger stormwater management system, Flo-Well units collect, retain, and discharge stormwater on-site, offering a gravel-free alternative to a traditional dry well. Units are modular and can be connected in series or stacked to meet a variety of project needs.

Trench drains / Channel Drain 

Are used to capture stormwater flowing over a larger area like a driveway. Trench drains convey rainwater to the City’s storm drain system. These garden drains are best for areas such as:
•    Patios
•    Garden edges and Garden drainage
•    Courtyards
•    Pedestrian uses

   


Problem


Excess water damages foundations and basement walls

 

     

Solution


Underground Downspout Extension
 guides water away from foundation by connecting downspout into an underground 4" PVC pipe and discharge to a Flo-Well

   

Problem


Excess water harms plants, water is pooling in planter

 

     

Solution


Catch Basin and Atrium Grates
 Protects plants by removing excess water from plants by using a catch basin or an atrium grate and connecting into a Flo-Well

   

Problem


Water from driveway enters the garage

     

Solution


Channel Drain and Grates 
Collects sheets of water moving across driveways and sidewalks and into a channel drain prior to entering garage.

California Foundation Works is the premier residential and commercial foundation drainage systems specialist in Los Angeles County and the surrounding areas in Southern California.

California Foundation Works is a specialty foundation drainage contractor that have the right solutions for your drainage problems. We offer a Free drainage inspection and estimate with no obligation to you, we are here to help you make sure that your property foundation is dry and safe from any hidden danger that might jeopardize you or your loved ones. We can be contacted by phone at (323) 418-2239.

Contact California Foundation Works for a Free Estimate & Inspection today!

House Bolting

Earthquake Retrofitting | House Bolting Installation in Los Angeles | Orange | Ventura

What Does House Bolting / Earthquake Retrofitting Means?

The term retrofitting refers to the modification of an existing structure (property) or device for the purpose of increased safety, efficiency or energy conservation. Retrofitting a home is a process that ties a home together. It increases the resistance to earthquake damage and the risk of injury. In short, it significantly strengthens your Southern California home in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties.

A safe home is one that can withstand earthquake shocking forces and is a home built on a firm foundation. By securely fastening the house to the foundation and securely connecting the house components together, the chances of withstanding the next earthquake and keeping you and your loved ones safe from harm are greatly improved.

Most residential homes are either built on slab or raised foundations. The home’s weight is the primary reason that keeps the house from moving or sliding off its foundation.

Bolting is the process of fastening the house to the foundation perimeter. Bolting your house is the best measure you can take to prevent damage inflicted by:

1. Earthquakes

2. Natural house settling

3. Water damage

Foundation Bolting / House Bolting:

If your house was built before 1950, it is indeed just sitting on your concrete foundation. IT IS NOT ATTACHED IN ANY WAY! This means that in even in a small tremor, your house can go sliding off into your driveway. The Mud Sill is the wood that rests directly on top of the foundation. Until the 1950's builders did not often bolt the mud sill to the foundation leaving it vulnerable to sliding as a result of earthquake movements.

Foundation bolting (house bolting or earthquake retrofit) has been compared to a seatbelt for your house. The up-and-down and side-to-side motion of an earthquake can shake an unbolted house off its foundation.
During the 1994 Northridge earthquake, thousands of unbolted homes were damaged or destroyed. Foundation bolting is easy, quick and inexpensive and provides greater protection against the forces of earthquakes.

Cripple Wall Bracing:

The cripple walls are the section of your house that rest right above the mud sill. They support the weight of the house and create a crawl space. If the cripple wall is covered on the exterior with only stucco or wood siding, it is not strong enough to resist earthquakes. You will need to strengthen your cripple wall to prevent serious damage to your home by bracing the cripple walls with plywood.

Unbraced cripple walls may collapse with the side to side swaying of the house during an earthquake, causing the house to fall. New lumber would be added as backing to create solid edges for the shear wall nailing, as well as expansion bolts placed and the framing anchors would connect the rim joist to the top of the cripple wall. The cripple walls are now braced.

Bracing the cripple walls by using structual-grade plywood is simple and provides greater resistance to earthquakes. Bolting your mud sill to the foundation and adding plywood to the cripple walls are the two most cost effective steps you can take to strengthen your home for earthquakes in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties.

On many homes it is not possible to install foundation bolts because there is too little room between the top of the mudsill and the floor of the house. This is because either there is no cripple wall or the cripple wall is extremely short. In these cases special hardware known as "foundation anchor plates" are used to secure the house to the foundation.

Wood Blocking:

In applications where the mudsill is wider than the cripple wall studs, blocking will need to be installed on top of the mudsill to provide a nailing surface for the sheathing. In order for sheathing to strengthen the cripple walls, it needs to be properly nailed on all four sides.

 

Contact California Foundation Works for a Free Estimate & Inspection today!

Foundation Replacement

Foundation Replacement, Repair and Installation in Los Angeles | Orange | Ventura

Our foundation replacement, repair, installation and design team will work with you step by step planning every aspect from the kind of foundation to the final steps of your foundation system installation. We are fully trained and work with all major foundation techniques in the market.
 Whether you need a brand new foundation or a repair or replacement, our specialized estimate team will provide you with the best solution for all your foundation replacement, repair, and installation needs.

Your Foundation Replacement Company in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura.

We guarantee our support throughout all our projects with qualified service experts that are trained to our highest standards of professionalism. They are always ready to answer any questions or concerns regarding your new foundation installation or upgrade projects.

Foundation replacement is a process of replacing the existing foundation, section by section as needed, while supporting the weight of the house generally using temporary shoring.
There are several reasons for a complete foundation replacement of a house.

Some of these reasons are:

  There is no foundation.
  The foundation is made of unreinforced masonry, such as brick, stone, etc.
  The concrete foundation has deteriorated significantly.
     
  The original foundation was made of faulty or poor quality materials.

 A complete foundation replacement is typically done in two or more segments. For example, first the north and west foundations are replaced. Subsequently, the south and east foundations are replaced.


Contact us today (323) 418-2239 and speak with one of our foundation installation specialists in LA for a free estimate today.

Sister Foundation

Los Angeles Foundation and Sister Foundation Installation

California Foundation Works provides full foundation system installations and upgrades that will best protect your home and family in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties.

sister-foundation-wallA sister foundation is installed by digging a trench in the crawl space adjacent to the old foundation. Pockets are formed in the old foundation in order to join the two foundations (old and new).

Steel reinforcements (rebars) are then installed in the trench and are elevated above the soil with concrete spacers. Foundation bolts with large square washers are installed as well. Wooden forms are built to contain the concrete, ready-mix concrete, delivered to the job site by concrete trucks, is pumped into the forms.

After a day or two the wooden forms are removed. Sometimes solid wood blocking is added in between the floor joists above the new foundation. Framing anchors are installed to attach the new blocking to the new mudsill. Finally, clean up.

Our specialized estimate department will provide you with a full range of options that will best suit your home. They will walk through you the process from products selection to the designing of the repair plan, and straight through the installation of your newly solid foundation itself, which will bring you peace of mind knowing your home is safe.

sister-wall-foundation-installAn inside or outside foundation-reinforcing wall may be constructed against the bulged foundation wall. Unless the outside cause of bulging (such as water or frost) is also corrected, we are doubtful about the durability of this approach. In this photograph there had been a history of water entry and foundation wall cracks and movement at the front of this office building built with a portion of its foundation wall sitting on sloped bedrock.

The contractor built a reinforced concrete block against the damaged foundation wall, an effort which was largely successful at reducing most, but not all of the water entry (and mold) in the building. Simple measures outside to properly handle roof runoff by directing it against the foundation, and normal gutter maintenance, would help considerably in drying out this area. The sketch describes application of a reinforced concrete wall on the exterior of a building foundation.

Contact us today at (877) 477-4620 to speak with one of our foundation contractors for an estimate.

Underpinning Retrofit

We Specialize in Foundation Underpinning Pads Installations in Los Angeles | Orange | Ventura

California Foundation Works is #1 when it comes to installing underpinning support pads in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties.

Our installation department is certified to carry out installations for all the different types of foundations out there. In case your are wondering, a foundation underpinning pads is pretty much a concrete pad that is installed underneath the footing of your foundation to add structural support to a specific area.

These underpinning pads are extremely efficient when it comes to strengthening a specific are without replacing the entire foundation. As you already know, there can be significant earth movement or soil erosion which can cause damage to the foundation and the installation of underpinning pads are a wonderful and more cost effective solution than replacing the entire foundation.

In construction, underpinning is the process of strengthening and stabilizing the foundation of an existing building or other structure. Underpinning may be necessary for a variety of reasons.

California Foundation Works offers solid solutions for settlement problems due to unstable soils and shifting foundations.

Underpinning of foundation support and column support provides vertical support and stabilization of the existing structure. Many foundations rest on soils relatively near to the surface; soils that are very susceptible to breakdown and other conditions brought by nature. When foundations or columns are placed in problem soils or subjected to extreme moisture conditions or lack of proper drainage, they can become unstable.

Other benefits include stabilization of soils near or around excavations close to building foundations to prevent undermining of footings. When correctly designed and installed underpinning provides support for the structure along with eliminating future settlement.

Causes of Settlement:
• Inadequate Footings
• Improper Soil Compaction
• Damaged and Leaking Underground Utilities
• Decaying of Organic Material
• Extreme Hydration or Evaporation of Soils

Major foundation underpinning is typically done in the A-B slot method. For example every other 5' section of the foundation is underpinned (A), and subsequently the other 5' sections (B) are underpinned. This method is used to eliminate or minimize the need for shoring.

Underpinning is accomplished by extending the foundation in depth or in breadth so it either rests on a more supportive soil stratum or distributes its load across a greater area.

Underpinning pads are generally used when the loads from the foundations need to be transferred to stable soils at considerable depths. Underpinning pads may either be augured or driven steel cased, and are normally between 12-36 square feet.

Each foundation underpinning retrofit is a unique situation and has to be designed by a professional structural engineer.

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Soft Story Reinforcement

We Specialize in Soft Story Reinforcement and  Installations in Los Angeles | Orange | Ventura

California Foundation Works offers a wide range of foundation repair or maintenance programs to fit your foundations needs in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties.

Buildings constructed of concrete suffer specific damage when earthquakes and earth shifting occur, including cracking and chipping of the walls, but most disturbingly, structural failure of multi-story buildings which have soft ground floors used for parking, this type of weak concrete is referred to as Soft Story.

Technically buildings should not experience such extensive damage, which leads to the assumption that this type of damage is due to inherent weakness in the structural system, design, detailing, poor material quality and unsound construction practice.

Below is a more specific list of causes of Soft Story damage:

Soft Story Causality Check List:

Poor material quality
Poor detailing of structural joints
Inadequate reinforcing steel
Inappropriate anchoring of beam and slab reinforcement
Insufficient reinforcing steel in columns with large aspect ratio


 

Soft Story Reinforcement Procedure:

The concrete slab is broken up.
New reinforcement beams are setup into place underneath the old concrete poles that hold the structure.
New concrete is poured to hold the new beams.
The structure is stable again.

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Hillside Retrofitting

We Specialize in Hillside Retrofitting in Los Angeles | Orange | Ventura

In a house built on a very steep hillside the basic seismic retrofitting (bolting the house to the foundation and adding plywood to the cripple walls) is usually not sufficient to resist the strong forces of earthquakes.

Each hillside earthquake retrofit is a unique situation and has to be designed by a professional structural engineer.

The basic idea is to attach the house very securely to its foundation at the top of the hill to prevent the house from detaching completely and sliding downhill. Of course, the uphill foundation has to be strong enough to support the entire weight of the house trying to pull away from it. Strengthening the uphill foundation could be very costly.

Due to poor drainage, shifting soil and other factors that are common in the Southern California area, like Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange Counties, slope repair and hillside repairs are very important in maintaining the structural integrity of your structure and property. Steep slopes, tension cracks and recent erosion, and massive vegetation of trees and tree roots can be indicators that a slope is in need of reinforcement before more serious shifts in the soil cause bigger damage.

Things that can be done to reinforce hillsides and slopes:

We provide hillside foundation repair and retrofitting to the residences of Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties. Its is our obligation, as a specialists in the structural and foundation repair industry to make sure California homes are safe. We provide all types of hillside foundation replacement and repair, earthquake retrofit like foundation bolting, cripple wall bracing, and other of seismic retrofitting upgrades.

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Commercial Seismic Retrofitting

Seismic Retrofitting in Southern California and Structural Repairs for commercial buildings.

Typical Types of Buildings we Service:

• Unreinforced Masonry Buildings
• Historical Buildings
• Parking Structures
• Concrete Tilt-ups
• Multi Family Apartments / Soft Story / Parking with two stories or more

What is Commercial Seismic Retrofitting?

A seismic retrofit provides existing structures with more resistance to earthquake activity due to an earthquakes movements. In buildings, this process typically includes strengthening weak connections found in roof to wall connections, continuity ties, shear walls and the roof diaphragm. In the past, building codes were less stringent compared to today’s standards, thus it is a good idea to inspect buildings constructed prior to 1998.

There is a verity of retrofitting process for numerous types of structures:

1. Soft story under apartment buildings:

These buildings have an open first floor such as ground level parking or subterranean parking and second floor above with living or business quarters. These buildings perform inadequately in an earthquake due to the shear or overturning that can occur. Strengthening these buildings usually includes adding a steel moment frame, concrete footing and drag lines to keep the first floor from rotating and collapsing. For apartments, shear walls are commonly added to the existing walls on the interior areas of the parking stalls.

2. Un-reinforced masonry:

A seismic retrofit for this type of building typically requires adding roof to wall connections, continuity ties, and usually requires new plywood overlay on the roof. Some of these types of structure require a fix regarding their height over thickness of the wall.

We Provide commercial retrofitting to properties in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties.

Seismic retrofitting = Increasing the safety and security of a building.

Property owner, we would like to present the benefits by having your structure retrofitted:

1. Concrete Tilt-Up & Reinforced Masonry:

 A retrofit for these types of building generally includes adding roof to wall anchors, and continuity ties throughout the building. Sometimes due to the size and shape of the building, steel brace frames are added to the structure. The concrete tilt-up walls used in many commercial properties are very heavy and when they move in an earthquake, they exert a great deal of force. The main purpose of a retrofitting for these buildings is to keep the roof from pulling apart, especially at the outside.


2. Concrete Buildings with 2 stories & up:

 These buildings exert a great deal of force, due to the weight of the buildings. A retrofitting to these types of buildings typically includes a combination of concrete shear walls, Caissons, steel columns and many other types of strengthening systems. The idea is the same as far as strengthening connections and adding shear strength.

• Earthquake Insurance premium can be reduce
• Risk of injury is reduced.
• Easy to sell – More buyers and investors are attracted to the fact that the security that a seismic retrofitted structure will provides to tenants.
• More lenders means more buyers.


Here are some common steps that we do when we retrofit a structure:

• Roof to wall anchors
• Anchor ties across the building
• Roof nailing
• Shear walls bracing
• Anchor plates
• Soft story reinforcement

 

Contact California Foundation Works for a Free Estimate & Inspection today!


Foundation Crack Repair Los Angeles, CA

Foundation Crack Repair in Los Angeles | Orange | Ventura

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Foundation Settlement Crack Repair

California Foundation Works, provides affordable foundation crack repair in Los Angeles, CA. Specializing in repairing foundation settlement cracks and concrete cracks. We repair house settlement so that new foundation cracking will be avoided.

While foundation cracks in concrete appear to be typically strong, it is not suggested that they remain ignored.

Identifying Foundation Cracks

Most homeowner’s notice foundation concrete cracks in their basement or crawl space, either on a foundation wall or on the slab floor.

They may also recognize cracks on the garage floor, patio or around the ground pool.



These cracks, typically due to drying shrinkage, soil problems, thermal movement or other causes, usually are minor but more often than not, will widen and expend over time and result in water leakage or possibly the loss of structural integrity. This is especially true if we cannot identify the cause of the cracks and find a solution to resolve it. 

Foundation and cracked slab are not only an eyesore, but they may lower the value of the home, or worse create an expensive or dangerous damage.

The types of foundation cracks mentioned above are typical for smaller concrete cracks, and can be vertical, horizontal, or diagonal across the foundation system.

Luckily, there is an easy way to permanently repair such cracks without the need for costly and disruptive excavation or drain tile. foundation-crack-repairPoured foundation cracks may be repaired by using low-pressure injection of an epoxy or polyurethane foam material to seal the gap that was created.

If you notice foundation cracks that are wide and long, then other techniques of repair will need to take place such as foundation replacement.

How Do we Fix Foundation Cracks

In some cases, when the crack is less then 2" wide, additional metal plate will be install across the crack, from one edge to another, to ensure that the crack will not expand over time.

In cases when the foundation crack is larger and can not be sealed with Epoxy, a different type pf repair will need to be done. In these type of repairs sections of the foundation footing will need to be cut out from both sides of the crack and a new section of the foundation footing will be installed on the previous damaged section.

The new section will be connected the existing footing to provide sufficient support to the area of the crack. The new section will be connected to the old footing with Epoxy Gel and rebar dowel on each side of the foundation footing system. Please take in mind that some cities require a deputy inspection for the Epoxy Gel injection. 

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Slab Settlement & Crack Repair

Los Angeles Slab Settlement & Crack Repair

A concrete slab is a shallow rebar reinforced concrete structural component built onsite using formwork, a type of boxing mold form into which concrete is formed.

A slab is typically between 3-4-6 inches thick, usually intended for floors and ceilings spanning between support beams, girders or columns, while thinner slabs are more commonly used for exterior paving.

Concrete slab can be damaged by a variety of elements, such as earthquake damage and soil problems throughout the years and can lead to different types of problems, such as injuries, bugs and other critters getting in, and water damage.

If the crack or damage goes unattended long enough, it could lead to other damage in other parts of the concrete, such as structural damage which can become costly to repair.

Did you open your floors and discovered a crack slab floor? Do Worry!

Whether you need to repair your slab for a new flooring installation, or if you have a more sever damage we can provide you with best slab settlement repair in in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura.

California Foundation Works can inspect the condition and will offer the best solution to make your broken concrete slab into a solid slab foundation, here in Southern California where it is particularly important.

The following are symptoms indicate if you have a broken slab:

  Unleveled floors   Sloping floors Cracks around windows and door frames
  Broken floor tiles   Bumps in carpet Sticky doors or windows that are difficult to open and close.
 
The replacement of cracked slab is a reliable and stronger solution to repair your damaged slab floor.

This type of repair provides a new structural slab in these weakened areas and provides a flatter surface to the floor.

The Old slab will be saw cut along the crack in the damaged area, and a new structural slab will be installed in place by drilling to the existing slab using Epoxy gel and rebar usually about very 12" from both sides of the old slab.

The diagram below explains the process of repairing the cracked slab:

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Sidewalk Repair & Installation

We Specialize in Sidewalk Repair & Installation in Los Angeles | Orange | Ventura

In today's litigious society, a broken or lifted sidewalk slab on your property is a lawsuit waiting to happen.  An unsafe walkway could result in a serious injury or worse, especially for our senior citizens. Either way, you're on the hook for a painful financial setback. One phone call to California Foundation Works will end the daily gamble you're taking, not to mention increasing the 'curb appeal' of your property.

Do you have one or multiple slabs that have been lifted due to tree roots? California Foundation Works can economically remove the slab, grind the tree roots without harming the tree, and bring your sidewalk back to its original state.

Whenever the concrete sidewalks surrounding your house or business are chapped and tumbling, you would likely conclude that they would be a disgrace. Nevertheless, a cracked sidewalk is a lot more than merely becoming a disgrace. It can demonstrate risks to anybody walking by. Whenever you have sidewalk fractures or a break down of your sidewalks, you would do best to acknowledge precisely what you perhaps are in for!

We can fix one slab or the entire sidewalk.

Now is the time to protect your most valuable asset from costly litigation. You'll gain both a beautiful sidewalk, and peace of mind. One call can do it all.

Who Should Pay to Repair Sidewalks?

Requiring sidewalk repairs before sale will make the city more accessible, but critics may object that cities are simply shifting the responsibility for repairs onto property owners. In California, however, property owners are already responsible for sidewalks. California’s Streets and Highways Code states, “The owners of lots or portions of lots fronting on any portion of a public street shall maintain any sidewalk in such condition that the sidewalk will not endanger persons or property and maintain it in a condition which will not interfere with the public convenience.”

Sidewalk Repair & Installation Service Area

California Foundation Works offers many commercial, industrial, and retail concrete repair services including sidewalk repair. 

For close to 10 years California Foundation Works has been performing concrete repair projects for property managers, owners, and general contractors.  Our Southern California concrete service areas include Orange County, Los Angeles, & Ventura California.

California Foundation Works specializes in repairing and installing concrete sidewalks of all shapes and sizes. Over the years, we have become one of the leading cement sidewalk repair and installation companies in the Southern California area.

If you have an existing damaged cement sidewalk, we can repair that as well. Whether your existing concrete is suffering from root damage, water damage, or heavy weight-load damage, we have the right solution for you. From standard 4’ sidewalks to custom sidewalk designs, we can handle any project. We also offer other alternatives such as exposed aggregate sidewalks, multi-grooved sidewalks, stamped concrete, & colored concrete plus many other types of sidewalk installations.

At California Foundation Works we try to understand the needs of our customers. When we perform a concrete sidewalk project we place as much emphasis on the concrete removal and demolition as the installation of the new sidewalk. We know how important it is to keep mess and debris to a minimum in order to create a safe environment for pedestrians and our customers near the job site.

We Offer cement sidewalk repair, walkway repair, uneven sidewalk repair, concrete repair, driveway repair sidewalk repair cost ,city sidewalk repair, sidewalk replacement, sidewalk construction, street repair, street paving, road repair

Call California Foundation Works with any of your concrete Sidewalk repair questions. We are happy to answer them!

Water Proofing Solutions

Waterproofing contractor in Los Angles, Orange and Ventura Counties.

For many of us, our home is the largest, most important investment we will make. Basement water leaks can threaten that investment by causing serious structural damage that reduces a home's value and threatens the health of your family. This hydrostatic pressure can cause bowing walls and flooded basements.

Whether you have a crawl space, basement or slab on grade, water problems are the top items that threaten your homes structure.

Excessive moisture under or beside your foundation can cause flooding and mold growth. A wet crawl space can now become additional storage for mold and mildew. Leaking wet basements and crawl spaces create poor indoor air quality and bad smells throughout your home.

Mold can grow almost anywhere there is water damage, high humidity, or dampness. Mold variations can include mildew, fungi, bacteria, and dust mites which can flourish in damp locations with high humidity. Mold spores can cause allergies, airway infections, asthma, and other breathing and health problems, particularly in children. To prevent mold, damp areas, and derivative health problems while protecting your most valuable investment (your home) foundation water proofing is a great solution.

If your home is in need of waterproofing or water management, you have come to the right place. The first step is to contact us.

Our experts will come to your home and inspect your foundation or crawl space area to determine the cause of your problem.

They will answer your questions and teach you about the solutions that will best fix your water problem. 

Our inspector will give you a written proposal that details what can be done and the cost of the work.
After you approve the proposal, he will make the needed repairs quickly and permanently.

Waterproofing a house prevents water from penetrating your foundation causing long term and costly problems. Waterproofing also prevents crawl space moisture that can cause mold, allergies, and air quality issues. Our company can help seal your house and prevent expensive structural damage to your home's foundation. Sealing your home will control the air quality within, which will prevent any mold related allergies and air quality problems.

Contact California Foundation Works for a Free Estimate & Inspection today!

Retaining Wall Installation

We Specialize in Retaining Wall Design Installations and Repairs in Los Angeles | Orange | Ventura

A retaining wall is a stabilizing structure used to hold sloping ground in place and to prevent the erosion and the movement of soil. A retaining wall must be substantial and sturdy in structure in order to accommodate and redistribute lateral pressure caused by sloping. It is normally designed with seepage holes, which allow collected ground water to escape. This releases the additional pressure created by accumulated water and helps keep the retaining wall stable.
 
There are several different materials and ways that can be used to construct  a retaining wall or to repair a buckling retaining wall. Concrete retaining wall, Timber retaining wall, interlocking blocks retaining wall, stacked stone retaining wall and  brick or block retaining wall.
 
Concrete retaining wall Concrete retaining wall shotcrete
Timber retaining wall Timber retaining wall
Stacked stone retaining wall Interlocking blocks retaining wall
Block retaining wall Cinder block retaining wall
 

Each type of retaining wall is commonly designed to hold back soil and to prevent down-slope movement or erosion depends on the amount of soil that need to be retained.

Stone and concrete are often used, and there are special retaining wall blocks crafted from aggregate materials and light concrete which are designed for this purpose. Some styles interlock, making assembly simpler, less costly and less time consuming, because each block fits securely with the next. Because the fit of these blocks is secure, they do not require the addition of mortar.

A retaining wall can be a series of "steps" or tiers, which allows for a more attractive design as well as more efficient erosion control. The design can include different types of plantings, flowers or materials in each tier to bring more texture, color and interest to the area. Aside from the aesthetic value, a tiered design also provides better erosion control by breaking down the amount of soil, and therefore pressure, held by each division of the retaining wall.

Large stones and railroad ties were often used to build a tiered retaining wall in the past. Today, there are many styles and types of retaining wall blocks, and most people choose preformed blocks. These blocks are affordable and easy to use, making other methods somewhat obsolete, unless the look of rough stone or wood is preferred.

The key to constructing a stable wall is making sure that it is completely level. Each layer must also be backfilled to give the retaining wall substance and to help provide good drainage. Generally, sand, stone, pea gravel or leftover soil is used as backfill. Retaining wall is carefully engineered systems that wage an ongoing battle with gravity. They restrain tons of saturated soil that would otherwise slump and slide away from a foundation or damage the surrounding landscape.

Retaining walls exceeding 3 feet in height require an engineered plan, retaining wall permits and varying grading requirements such as a Geologic and Soils Report.

Each retaining wall construction is a unique situation and has to be designed by a professional soil or structural engineer. We offers a Free inspection and estimate with no obligation to you, We are here to help you make sure, that your property  is safe and there is no hidden danger from down-slope movement or erosion that might jeopardize you or your loved ones. We can be contacted by phone at (323) 418-2239.

Contact California Foundation Works for a Free Estimate & Inspection today!

We service Los Angeles, Hollywood, North Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Venice, Pacific Palisades, Sun Valley,  Burbank, Sunland, Downey,Glendale, Pasadena, East Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, Canyon Country, Glendale, Plamdale, Van Nuys, Reseda,  Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills, Encino, Pomona.

Orange, Long Beach, Lancaster, Dimond Bar, Santa Ana, Torrance, Anaheim, Fullerton, Corona, Pomona, Norwalk, Walnut, Irvine, Huntington Beach, New Port Beach, Hermosa Beach, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Whittier, Chino Hills, Westminster, Yorba Linda, Brea, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Rancho Palos Verdes, , San Pedro,  San Dimas.

Ventura, Camarillo, Calabasas, Casitas Springs, Agura, Agura Hills, Fillmore, La Conchita, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Oak View, Ojai, Oxnard, Point Mugu, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and surrounding areas in California.

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