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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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