We Specialize in Hillside Retrofitting in Los Angeles
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:
- Retaining Walls Installations
- Concrete Slab Reinforcement
- Drainage Systems
- Erosion Control
- Caisson Foundation
We provide hillside foundation repair and retrofitting to the residences of Los Angeles County. 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.
Contact California Foundation Works for a Free Estimate & Inspection today!