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The Effect of Rain on Foundation and How to Prevent It

The Effect of Rain on Foundation and How to Prevent It

What do damaged vegetation, rotting wood, cracked walls, and mildew have in common? They’re all effects of water intrusion in your home. And unfortunately, these issues are just a few of the many problems that can occur if rain is not properly drained away from your property. Water damage is a serious issue that could lead to the destruction of your yard, health issues for residents, and serious damage to your house structure. Today we’re going to explore the effects of rain on foundation in order to best prepare homeowners for recognizing and preventing water damage and excess moisture-related issues.

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Water intrusion effects

Rain can be restorative, breathing new life into your vegetation, but it can also wreck your property. Improperly drained yards can lead to water pooling and killing plants, with faulty drainage systems causing water to leak into the home. This potentially disastrous predicament can cause water to seep into floorboards, rotting wood and causing bacteria and mold to grow in crawl spaces and cause health problems. Floorboards and walls can become water damaged and warped, distorting the appearance of your living space.

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However, the most worrisome effect that water can have on your home is foundation damage. When moisture isn’t properly funneled away from the home, there are several ways that it can destroy foundation over time. When water accumulates under the home and isn’t able to drain, serious foundation issues such as settling and cracks can occur. Another problematic effect of excess water is “heaving,” which occurs when clay soil expands and forces the soil upwards in direction. This can lead to surface and subsurface water negatively affecting pier and beam or slab foundations.

How to spot water damage  

Fortunately, there are ways for homeowners to spot water damage and address leakages and moisture intrusion before damage has the opportunity to spread. The best way to protect your property value is to perform routine inspections both inside and outside of the home, especially directly after periods of heavy rainfall. Signs of water damage include pools of water following periods of heavy rain, the presence of salt deposits (efflorescence) on crawl space walls, increased radon levels, pests/insect invasion in your home, and exterior paint peeling. Additionally, signs of mildew, mold, rust, and rot, as well as strong musty odors, headaches, and breathing issues, are also indicators of water intrusion. If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to contact a professional as soon as possible to investigate the situation.

Related: Poor Drainage And Your Landscape 

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Preventing water from entering your home

The best way to prevent water damage from infiltrating your home is to invest in a proper drainage system. Homeowners should always make sure they have a drainage system that meets the needs of their property and continues to operate smoothly without any blockage or hiccups. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes drainage systems fail or homeowners don’t consider installation until damage has become apparent. Fortunately, many moisture issues can be amended or prevented if the correct drainage system is installed by professional contractors. 

To prevent water intrusion, make sure that the drainage system grates are graded away from the foundation of the home and that there is an exterior drain system in your basement if your home is equipped with one. Additionally, it’s key to ensure that your gutters are not clogged and your down spurts are working correctly. Clear gutters of any leaves, debris, and blockage and ensure that your property is always kept in good repair.  

Drainage system solutions

In order to prevent foundation damage due to excess moisture, there are a number of solutions available. When it comes to drainage system solutions, there are many different options to choose from. French drains are one of the most popular drainage system options. French drains are very effective at removing small to moderate amounts of water from the foundation and redirecting the flow away from your property without disrupting the landscape. Additionally, surface drains are often turned to for more extensive yard drainage problems, since they are able to pump away large amounts of water rapidly, especially when working along with a sump pump. The right drainage system will depend on the extent of damage, as well as the type of foundation and soil and the nature of the problem. Other drainage system options include rounded grates, pop-up emitters, atrium grates, flo-wells, and channel drains.

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Signs of foundation damage

While the right drainage system can save your home from certain disaster, sometimes the damage has already amassed too much to simply drain excess water away. If water has evaded your home, especially for prolonged periods of time, know the signs of foundation damage to lookout for. Signs of foundation damage include buildings that have a visible slant to them, or floorboards, walls, or ceilings that have become bowed, warped, or slanted. Unusually large cracks, wide cracks, horizontal cracks, and cracks clustered closely together are also potentially problematic. These effects can occur from excess moisture, so It’s important to be on the lookout for signs of excess moisture in your home. The sooner you address foundation damage, the lesser the extent of the damage. 

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Fortunately, most cases of foundation damage can be corrected with foundation repair though more significant damage may require foundation replacement. You can avoid this costly project by connecting with a professional contractor as soon as you notice water intrusion on your property.  

Is rain destroying your Southern California home?

It’s time to get started on your solution. Protect your property and safeguard your assets by calling California Foundation Works today. Our crew of foundation experts will give your property problems the care and attention they deserve so that we can provide the best solution for your unique situation. Allow us to correct drainage system failures, moisture intrusion, and foundation damage so your home will remain fortified for many years to come. Call today to get started on crafting your custom solution!  

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How Do You Know if Your Drainage System Is Broken?

Have things in your yard been a bit soggy lately? Bad drainage in your property can lead to damaged landscaping, causing the curb appeal of your home to plummet and vegetation to be destroyed. Even worse, the structural integrity of your building can become threatened by bad yard drainage systems, since water damage can invade your home and wreak havoc on your foundation. Fortunately you can prevent things from getting out of hand by recognizing and addressing improper drainage through home inspections and yard drainage repair. Luckily there are plenty of warning signs to look out for before the problem gets critical.

Related: Poor Drainage Can Destroy Your Landscape

Exterior signs of drainage system failure

When it comes to keeping your home protected and your property value firmly intact, it’s critical to inspect your property for signs of water damage. There are a number of telltale signs of bad drainage that you can spot outside of your home. Puddles and yard erosion present clear indicators that the yard drainage is amiss. Inspecting your yard following a heavy rain will allow you to see if there are faults in the drainage system, causing water to pool or puddle. It’s also important to check the height of the soil against the foundation to ensure that it isn’t being eroded and carried away due to the drainage system removing water too quickly during storms. If the topsoil is moving every time it rains, then there is a strong chance that your yard has a bad drainage system that needs repairs.

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An important area that homeowners should inspect to see if there is bad drainage is the gutters. Clogged gutters provide an easy to spot sign that something is amiss with your drainage system. When gutters become clogged, water is forced to redirect, which could lead to ruined paint and sliding. To avoid these issues, clean your gutters regularly and check to see if they appear to be draining correctly during heavy downpour, as clogged gutters are easily visible. And of course, always make sure that your gutters are carrying water away from the home and not into the foundation. While you can examine gutters during rainfall, you can also check for water pooling underneath the downspouts and gutters after a heavy storm.

Interior signs of drainage system failure

During and after periods of heavy rainfall is often the best time to examine your home for internal signs of drainage failure. There are several key things to check inside your home to make sure your drainage system is operating correctly. Homeowners should be on the lookout for signs of efflorescence, mildew, warped wood, bowing floors, and wet crawl spaces. Efflorescence is a crusty salt deposit of white or grey color that becomes visible on the walls of the foundation when water evaporates. Mildew, which can often be detected by its musty odor, can cause roofing issues. Any musty, strong, or unusual odors should always be inspected, as they can be a sign of mildew, mold, fungus, or bacteria. Additionally, warped wood, bowing floors, and wet crawl spaces all present clear indicators that moisture is entering the home when it shouldn’t be. Soggy, wet, and rotting areas all need to be addressed as soon as possible.
A very obvious sign that yard drainage repair is needed is water infiltration into the home. The three main ways that water finds itself entering a home is through foundation cracks, under the floorboards, or over the foundation. Foundation crack leakage is a serious issue that will require professional evaluation to determine the extent of the damage to see if foundation repair is needed. Water entering the home through the floors likely means there is a high water table under the home, which can be corrected through interior drainage installation and sump pumps. If water is seeping into the foundation with no cracks visible, then it’s likely that there are overflowing gutters or high grading that need to be fixed.

Related: Yard Drainage Installation for California Homeowners 

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Solutions for improper yard drainage

In order to preserve the integrity of your yard, wood framing, and foundation, it’s crucial to address any drainage problems as soon as you notice the first warning signs. Your yard drainage repair will ultimately depend on the problem at hand, as there are a variety of different drainage solutions that can resolve your issues depending on what they may be.

The nature of the drainage issues, the type of soil on your property, and the slope of the land the home is on all are factors to consider when selecting the right drainage system.

A professional contractor will be able to evaluate your home and determine the best solution for your unique issue in order to protect both your yard and your structure.
There are a variety of drainage solutions to choose from, including French drains, sloped grading, surface drains, terracing, trench drains, sump pumps, rounded grates, pop-up emitters, atrium grate, flo-wells, and channel drains. French drains tend to be one of the most requested and reliable drainage solutions, as they are able to redirect the flow of large amounts of water away from the home. French drains are best suited for sloped and hillside homes, while many also choose to install trench drains in their backyards to correct conglomerating water runoff. Additionally, sump pumps are highly beneficial drainage solutions installed under a crawl space. Their purpose is to rapidly pump water away from the home, making them ideal for low-level houses during major storms and floods.

Don’t allow for water to invade your home or ruin your landscape.

Protect both your assets and your curb appeal by correcting any drainage system failures before they lead to more extensive problems.

Here at California Foundation Works, we specialize in yard drainage repair no matter the extent of the problem. Our team of experienced contractors is able to install or repair any yard drainage system that your home requires.

Call today to book your free home inspection. Let’s get started discussing your drainage options!

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How Your Home Can Benefit From Crawl Space Vapor Barriers

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From wood rot to mold to mildew, fungus, and bacteria, there are many unsavory side effects that come with water intrusion in your home. The effects of excess water can both jeopardize the structure of your home and expose members of the household to hazardous fumes. Over time this will both significantly decrease the property value of the home and endanger members of the household. Fortunately there is an easy way to prevent these issues from occurring. Crawl space vapor barriers will provide the insulation needed to prevent water intrusion in your home, with a single installation providing 20 years or more of protection.

What are crawl space vapor barriers?

Crawl space vapor barriers lock out moisture and water by providing an insulated seal over the opening. Most vapor barriers are constructed from polyethylene plastic sheeting, poly, with the thickness of the poly varying depending on the needs of the project. Reinforced poly sheeting is able to offer enormous protection against water intrusion, with the average poly sheeting crawl space vapor barrier lasting 20 years or more. Overall this process is highly effective for preventing moisture entry.

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Does my home need crawl space vapor barriers?

If you’ve noticed signs of water intrusion in your home, then it’s best to book a professional evaluation to determine the best course of action for eliminating the excess moisture. If you notice any traces of mildew, rust, rot, or mold, then it’s critical to intervene as soon as possible before they issues exacerbate. Signs of these presences include increased difficulty in breathing, allergies, asthma, headaches, and other related illnesses. Other signs of water intrusion to look out for include pools of water following rain, salt deposits on the crawl space walls, offensive musty odors, pest/insect intrusion, and peeling paint on the home’s exterior.
Additionally, certain homes are predisposed to crawl space water intrusion. Older homes are more likely to need crawl space insulation due to the presence of ventilation built into the crawl spaces. These tiny ventilated holes that tend to be in the crawl spaces of older homes were intended to increase air access, but instead, they tend to trap moisture beneath the home. Crawl space insulation is also required more often in humid environments, which run a higher chance of moisture entering the home. Additionally, homes that have exposed dirt crawl spaces are more susceptible to water intrusion, making crawl space insulation highly beneficial for these homes. If your home has any of these characteristics, and especially if it has multiple problematic factors, then there is a very high chance that crawl space vapor insulation could enormously protect your property.

Related: Yard Drainage Winter Preperation

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Benefits of crawl space vapor barriers

Vapor barriers work extremely effectively against preventing water intrusion, saving the structure of the home from damage and decay. However, the crawl space insulation process is also able to protect a variety of areas of the home as well. Crawl space vapor barrier insulation deters moisture from collecting on pipes, which can lead to them breaking over time due to rust buildup. The insulation process also greatly lowers the risk of electrical and wire hazards that can occur when moisture mixes with electrics.

Without moisture protection, wires can rust, electrical shorts can occur, and fires can be sparked.
Overall, crawl space vapor barriers are needed to provide long-term protection for your home. In order to guarantee that your home remains healthy and intact, then proper insulation is a necessary measure to take. The protection insulation offers will allow the price of your home to remain steady and even rise over time, guarding your property value in a cost-effective way.

Long-term crawl space insulation savings

Crawl space vapor barriers are long-term investments in the lasting health of your home. Since fungus and other moisture-related issues can spread very quickly, a building can rapidly deteriorate without proper insulation. Poly is an extremely reliable material, so if you wish to cut costs on your crawl space insulation, thinner poly can be used. However, it’s important to use professional-strength “virgin” poly, since poly material you can purchase from hardware stores often is riddled with impurities that decrease its long-term efficiency. Therefore, professional poly insulation can provide decades of insulation benefits, saving the homeowner quite a deal of money through long-term protection.
In addition to protecting the structure of the home and guarding against the entry of harmful bacterias and funguses, crawl space vapor barriers are also lauded for their significant energy savings. Once the crawl space is thoroughly sealed, energy savings can drop by as much as 15% each year. Though this process with be especially beneficial for humid environments, it will also help homes located in dry environments cut energy costs over time.

Related: Ways in which soil can affects your foundation

Ready to get started on protecting your home?

Invest in the long-term health of your structure and avoid water damage repairs by preventing moisture from entering your home in the first place. Crawl space vapor barriers will provide full insulation to keep your home protected from the dangers of water intrusion.

At California Foundation Works, we’ll assist you in selecting, measuring, and installing the perfect insulation for your crawl space. We’re more than happy to answer any and all questions you have about the process!

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Yard Drainage Winter Preparation

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Winter months are approaching, and though Southern California homeowners don’t have to contend with snow and the issues it brings, the cold weather still affects how homeowners should treat their property. While thoughts of insulation are certainly obvious when it comes to the temperatures cooling down, an important area of home maintenance that needs to be attended to is yard drainage. Today we’re going to break down how to get your yard and drainage system prepared for the winter months, as well as common winter drainage problems to avoid so that your property is in top shape during every season.

Related: Yard Drainage Maintenance Guide

Preparing your yard for winter

Fall is in the air and winter is on the horizon, which means it’s time for some yard cleaning. But where to begin? There are a number of areas you can address to make sure your yard will be prepared for winter. To facilitate smooth drainage, be sure to clean out your gutters and remove any fallen debris or blockage. Clogged gutters can easily become a source of costly and unnecessary hassle, while they can also lead to water damage if not properly cleaned. Next, be sure to drain your outside spigots by turning off water from inside the home. To take an extra precaution, you can also insulate any exterior faucets.

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Other general yard maintenance steps include power washing all outside surfaces in order to remove the dirt from the summer. You should also verify that your outdoor lighting system is fully functioning. Another important step for winter lawn care is fertilizing the lawn and making sure that any irrigation systems are properly drained. Overall the goal is to best preserve your yard, protect your existing landscape, and avoid drainage failure that could affect the yard come spring.

Yard drainage maintenance 101   

Yard drainage is a necessary component of a healthy property. Clogged drainage systems can lead to a host of hassles for the homeowner. While you’re preparing your yard for the winter, it’s important to focus extra attention on keeping your drains unclogged and fully functioning. In addition to clearing debris out of the drains, you will need to regularly snake drains if they become clogged. By inserting a slender auger into the plumbing system, or getting a professional to do this for you, clogs can be dislodged to facilitate a smooth flow and unobstructed drainage system.
When inspecting your drainage system, it’s also important to ensure that your grates and pipes aren’t damaged or broken in any way. If you notice punctured, broken, damaged, or missing parts of any pipes or grates, then you should get them fixed right away, especially before the colder part of the year begins. Lastly, whatever you do, never use chemicals. When it comes to yard drainage, it’s never a good idea to use chemicals. That means if you have a drain that you cannot unclog on your own without chemical intervention, it’s time to call in the professionals. Attempting to use chemicals on your drain will only make the problem worse.

Related: Cause and Solutions to Common Drainage Problems

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Anticipating winter yard problems

While many wait for their yards to thaw out in the spring before addressing drainage issues, there is absolutely no reason to wait if you want your property to look its best while avoiding any damage. Since winter weather can be unpredictable even in Southern California, it’s important to prepare your yard ahead of time for anything that nature might have to offer. The process of water getting cold and thawing out that occurs during winter can lead to winter yard flooding, which is why it’s essential to have a fully functioning drainage system in the event of this occurring. 

Improper drainage in the winter can lead to a ruined yard in the spring if the yard isn’t able to properly drain itself during the cooler months. While no one wishes to see their landscape and vegetation ruined, an even more serious issue can occur if the drainage system is not adequately addressed. With the possibility of basement flooding due to a faulty drainage system, your foundation could become seriously damaged during the winter months. Improperly drained water can enter into tiny cracks in the foundation after seeping into the ground around the home. If frozen, the water can then expand and widen the cracks, causing even more water to enter the home when it thaws out. This process can repeat itself and lead to foundation damage, which can require extensive repair solutions in order to preserve the integrity of the home.

Addressing winter drainage problems 

While you can set your yard up for success by following the aforementioned tips for preparing your property, there are also steps you can take during the winter to make sure that everything is functioning smoothly. If water thaws, ensure that it is sloped away from sides of your home and isn’t able to enter through the cracks. It is highly recommended that you routinely inspect your drainage system to make sure that it remains unobstructed.
Some problems can be prevented by vigilance and routine maintenance, but there are other issues that may require professional help. In addition to foundation damage due to water, which should never be taken lightly, the two biggest winter drainage risks include plant damage and water entering the building through the driveway. Excess water caused by pooling due to a faulty drainage system can kill plants, causing your curb appeal to plummet. Additionally, water entering the property through the driveway can lead to personal property damage. Fortunately, these problems can be avoided by having the right drainage system installed to meet your yard’s unique needs.

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Is your drainage system in top shape? Are you prepared for the impact that winter months can have on your property?

Whether your drainage system is experiencing flaws or you wish to install a new system altogether, California Foundation Works is here to get the job done in order to protect your property. Our team of expert contractors are happy to repair or install any drainage system that suits your needs and desires while working within your budget. From sump pumps to French drains to drain boxes and catch basins, if you want it, we can install it!

Call today to book your free property inspection and get started on discussing your drainage options.  

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Earthquake Preparation Tips: Surviving the San Andreas Fault & Dangerous Quakes

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Southern California homeowners contend with their own unique set of real estate issues. With one of the largest threats facing a safe home being seismic activity, the San Andreas fault poses an exorbitant threat to greater California safety. Furthermore, Los Angeles was deemed one of the 10 largest cities in the world that has been rocked by damaging earthquakes. Today we’re going to review these large areas of earthquake concern and assist homeowners across California with fortifying their properties in the event of an earthquake striking. The bottom line is that California residents need to be prepared for the next big quake, and since it could strike at any time, it’s paramount to understand the issues at hand and devise a plan to combat seismic activity destruction.

Related: Earthquake Retrofitting 101: Secure Your Home

San Andreas fault safety concerns

The San Andreas fault stretches 800 miles across the Golden State, carrying a deadly legacy with it. With past earthquakes bringing mass fatalities, there is much concern over what will happen when the next big quake occurs.

All major cities surrounding the San Andreas fault could be endangered by a large earthquake on the fault, leading to likely catastrophic results.

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In addition to the loss of many lives, there would be serious economic effects and mass real estate damage associated with an earthquake of large magnitude across the fault. Earthquakes can wreck cataclysmic damage to structures and largely impact the economy. That’s why local property owners have to do everything in their power to keep their structures secure, minimizing both financial and property loss and saving lives in the process.

San Andreas earthquake model 

Being earthquake ready involves more than one area of focus. While homeowners will have to team up with professional contractors to determine weaknesses in the home and secure them, understanding seismic activity in the area is beneficial to revealing a larger portrait of what needs to be done to fortify California properties. Thanks to efforts such as the ShakeOut Scenario, CyberShake, scientists are getting closer to determining when the next large regional earthquake might arrive. By creating estimates of ground shaking, scientists are working to map out plausible earthquake scenarios so that California homeowners and residents can be better prepared for combatting and preparing for deadly quakes. While efforts are still being made to most accurately pinpoint and predict seismic activity, one thing is apparent: it’s not a question of if, but when the next big quake is going to strike.

Related: Earthquake Safety Tips

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Are you earthquake ready?

With the threat of the next big quake perpetually looming on the horizon, Southern California homeowners have to ask themselves an important question: is my home earthquake ready? In order to understand why proper structural fortification is needed, it’s necessary to understand how earthquakes affect homes. Though concerns about major earthquakes are certainly warranted, the scary truth is that any situation that involves the ground shifting beneath a home is enough to damage the foundation if it is not properly secured. 

That means that as much as a minor earthquake can potentially upset your home, causing lasting and devastating consequences on the structural health and lifespan of your building. For this reason, it’s essential to make sure that all areas of your building meet current codes and earthquake retrofitting standards. If you have a wood-structured building, especially one constructed prior to 1980, chances are your home is in need of an earthquake retrofitting update. However, if there is any area of weakness in your building, then retrofitting solutions are needed.  

How to spot damage 

TWhile the earthquake retrofitting process will require professional intervention, you can take precautions to protect your home against earthquake damage. The most important thing a homeowner can do to protect their property is to be vigilant about seeking out signs of foundation damage. The most apparent signs that something is amiss with your structure include large cracks, horizontal cracks, wide cracks, cracks clustered together, visible slants in ceilings/floors/walls, a visible slant in the outer structure of the building, doors and windows that have difficult opening, crumbling brick, and water intrusion. If you notice any of these signs, it’s detrimental to the health of your building to call in a professional contractor for an evaluation and home inspection. A professional contractor will be needed, especially there are foundation damage warning signs that can be invisible to the untrained eye.

Related: Preventative Care for Foundation Repair

Preparing your home for an earthquake

After working with a professional to determine the areas of your structure that are in need of updates and fortification, the earthquake retrofitting process can begin. Retrofitting solutions include cripple wall bracing, foundation bolting, and attaching braced cripple walls to the floor.

Strengthening cripple walls will guard the home against buckling when seismic activity hits, while foundation bolting will secure the home in place to prevent it from sliding when the ground shakes. 

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Together these tried and true earthquake retrofitting measures can secure your home and drastically reduce the potential impact of seismic activity. And since seismic activity can strike at any time, it’s crucial to get the retrofitting process started as soon as possible. Any delay opens the window for damage, destruction, and possible death. Additionally, with mandatory retrofitting ordinances being handed out all over California, chances are your structure will be required by law to be updated if it hasn’t been already.  

If you’re a homeowner in an area prone to seismic activity, it’s key that you act as soon as possible. When it comes to protecting the residents of your dwelling and your property value, there’s no time to lose. Earthquakes could strike at any time, which is why you need to team up with a professional team of contractors and ensure that your home is properly retrofitted and fortified to withstand what nature has to throw at it.

Here at California Foundation Works, we’re dedicated to keeping California residents safe one household at a time. Call today to book your free home inspection so that we can get started on your seismic retrofit!

Any questions or concerns? 

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Ways in Which Soil Issues Can Affect Your Home Foundation

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Is the structure of your home entirely secure? While all homeowners would like to answer this question with a definitive affirmation, the reality is that there are a number of factors that could be affecting your home’s stability. One of the most insidious and instrumental ways in which the foundation of a home can become damaged is the very land it sits upon. Soil, and the issues caused by weather fluctuation, plays a monumental role in determining the stability of your structure. Read on to discover everything you need to know about how soil can affect your home’s foundation, signs of subsequent damage, and tips for stopping and resolving this potentially monumental foundation stability issue. 

Related: How the California Drought Affects Your Foundation

How does soil affect a home’s stability?

You may not realize what a significant role soil plays in determining your home’s stability. The amount of moisture in the soil drastically affects the stability of the home, since soil expands during periods of heavy rainfall and contracts during droughts. What does that mean when the hot, dry season rolls around? Spurred by weather fluctuations, shifting soil can cause instabilities in the base of your home. Contracting soil can wreak havoc on the building’s foundation, causing the foundation of the home to destabilize. 

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In turn, this can cause the foundation to crack, sink, and even slide, completely upsetting the structure of the home.

What is expansive soil?

Though the weather in Southern California might appear ideal, it can unfortunately be leading to issues with your soil and structural stability. While hot weather can cause the soil underneath your home to contract, expansive soil provides another threat to structural stability. Minerals in the soil increase in volume when they absorb excess water. This situation can exert enough force to cause damage to the building’s structure. While the damage caused by expansive soil will usually begin in the foundation, floors, and ground level of the structure, the damage can reach the upper floors if it becomes significant. And once the expansive soil dries, the building then becomes susceptible to issues caused by contracting soil. Because soil damage occurs over time, and is not typically tied to a major event, it can be difficult to spot. Fortunately there are signs of foundation damage caused by soil issues that the homeowner can be on the lookout for. 

 

Related: How Expansive Soils Can Affect Your Hillside Home 

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What are foundation instability warning signs?

Many homeowner insurance policies do not cover damage caused by expansive soil and soil-related issues. This makes it extremely important to spot signs of soil damage on your own. Foundation damage warning signs include cracks of both the exterior and interior variety, particularly those that are excessively wide, large, horizontal, or clustered closely with other cracks. Warped floors, walls, and an overall slant to the building’s appearance are also indicators of damage.

Other signs include water damage, uneven walls and floors, crumbling bricks, and sagging chimneys. Another sign of foundation damage is ill-fitting windows and doors that have difficulty opening. While a professional contractor will be needed to spot warning signs that are invisible to the untrained eye, these signs are all visibly apparent to the vigilant homeowner. Therefore it’s important to be on the lookout for these telltale signs. 

What are the solutions for expansive soil? 

Once warning signs for foundation damage have been spotted, it’s essential to stabilize the home in order to prevent collapse. Foundation repair services can reverse the damage caused by weakened foundation in order to restore the health of the structure. It’s crucial to ensure that your home is up to date on all building code ordinances in order to preserve the health of the structure. Foundation repair services work to install steel or cement piers around the house’s perimeter and existing piers in order to provide reinforcement. Depending on the situation at hand, hydraulic jack lifts are typically used to level the house and securely transfer its weight onto the new support. This will re-level the house and prevent it from collapsing, slanting, sliding, or sinking. In addition to jack and lift services, supported underpinning and sister foundation repair services can also be used to secure the structure.

Related: When Should You Get a Foundation Repair? 

Can I minimize expansive soil?

Homeowners are able to minimize the damage of expansive soils through taking precautions to manage the soil’s moisture content. That means that is possible to safely construct a building on expansive soils as long as the building can be properly insulated from any soil volume change or if the moisture content in the soil can be maintained. Teaming up with a professional contractor can help you discover which moisture mitigation solution will work best for your property. These solutions include foundation watering systems, gutters and downspouts, timed sprinkler systems, landscaping changes, drainage system installation, and more. 

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Overall, a professional will be able to give you the best idea of how to improve your unique situation in order to best protect your property.

Why should soil problems be addressed quickly? 

If you have noticed signs of foundation damage, it’s important to contact a professional contractor as soon as possible. Delaying necessary foundation repairs could lead to a much costlier and more extensive foundation replacement process. The longer foundation problems go unaddressed, the greater the stability of the home is jeopardized. This threatens not only the lives of all building occupants but provides a risk of drastically lowering the home’s property value. Be sure to pay careful attention to foundation damage warning signs in your home and act as soon as possible if you notice signs of damage. Preventative action is always the most cost-effective way to fortify your property while saving money. If you notice any signs of foundation damage, be sure to request a professional inspection as soon as possible. 

Related: Reasons Los Angeles Homes Need Foundation Inspections

Are you concerned about the structural stability of your home? Have you noticed signs of foundation damage that might be linked to issues with your soil? Don’t wait for the problems to get worse. Call California Foundation Works today in order to give your property a professional evaluation! Our team of expert contractors will provide a free home inspection so that we can assess your situation and get started on discussing the best solution for fortifying your property. What are you waiting for?

Call today to get started on creating a more secure home!

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All You Need to Know about the Earthquake Brace + Bolt Program

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When it comes to investing your hard-earned cash, you can’t go wrong by putting it into your home. Not only do our houses shelter our loved ones, but owning property is one of the most lucrative business ventures you can make. In order to keep your Los Angeles County home sheltered from the elements, including unpredictable storms and seismic activity, one essential step is obtaining earthquake brace and bolt services. Today we’re going to break down how you can save money through the Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) program, as well as its application process and benefits. If you’re a Southern California homeowner looking to guard your investment, this information is helpful to know and understand! 

 

Related: Foundation Damage Caused by the Storms in Los Angeles 

What are brace and bolt services?

Many homes in the greater Los Angeles area are not properly fortified, leaving them vulnerable in the event of an earthquake. And when it comes to earthquakes in Southern California, it’s not a question of if they’re going to strike, but when. Homes that are decades old or constructed with wood framing, or especially homes that meet both of those specifications, are left particularly vulnerable to earthquake damage. The good news is that they can benefit enormously from brace and bolt services. 

Braces and bolts provide the most reliable insurance on the market for your structure by securing the foundation against seismic destruction. Bolting adds anchored bolts to the crawl space in order to prevent the home from sliding during seismic activity, while bracing strengthens and stiffens cripple walls to help prevent collapse.

What is the Earthquake Brace + Bolt program? 

Did you know that you could receive up to $3,000 to strengthen your structure by applying for the Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) program? This program supports fortifying your home in order to lessen the damage of seismic activity. EBB is able to help fund retrofitting expenses for residential crawl spaces that require bolts, braces, or strapped and braced water heaters. Eligible houses must meet Chapter A3 specifications, which typically require the home to be wood-framed, built on a low slope or level ground, have a raised foundation, or have certain types of cripple walls. In order to participate in the program, you must not start retrofit work before you have been accepted into the program. That means if you seek to receive funding, it’s important to plan ahead. 

 

Related: 4 Steps to Soft Story Retrofitting

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How can I apply for brace and bolt services?

Interested in receiving financial assistance through EBB? There are certain specifications that homeowners must meet in order to be eligible for the program. Their home must be located in one of the designated EBB zip codes and be the primary residence at the time of application and retrofit completion. Homeowners will need to register and apply online as a homeowner and be able to show a completed and signed IRS W-9 form if asked. Registration is allowed once per house, and all houses must adhere to the program rules. 

Wondering if your home might be eligible? There is a good chance your home might be EBB eligible if it is located inside one of the EBB zip codes, meets the CEBC Chapter A3 specifications, was built before 1980 and is located on a low slope or level ground, and if it has not already received EBB payments.

How does the EBB application process work?

Are you waiting to hear back about your EBB application? Once registration for the year closes, which it has already done for 2019, homeowners will be randomly selected by an electronic system. Applications must be reviewed and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), with applicants notified of progress via email. Early in the year, homeowners will be notified whether they have been placed on the waiting list or have been selected to participate. Therefore, if homeowners wish to receive assistance for the upcoming year, they are encouraged to submit all of their necessary information as soon as possible. For more information about the next grant registration, be sure to visit earthquakebracebolt.com. Applicants can also feel free to communicate with EBB at any time during the process.

 

Related: Are You Prepared for the Next Earthquake?

Why does your home need brace and bolt services?

You may not be able to predict when the next big earthquake strikes, but you do have the power to make sure that your home is guarded against the destruction of seismic activity. Brace and bolt services are essential to the health and strength of your structure. Likewise, your home might have been secured in the past, but time can create vulnerabilities, so it’s essential to get your home inspected and possibly updated if decades have passed since the last retrofitting process. Is your home as earthquake safe as it can be? If the answer isn’t a confident yes, then it’s time to take action.

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EBB was created in order to aid residents in properly securing their homes in order to make California safer and lessen the destruction caused by earthquakes. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of this beneficial program if you’re eligible! 

 

Earthquake retrofitting measures, such as a brace and bolt services, are necessary for securing your home in the wake of seismic activity. Don’t leave your Southern California home unprotected while earthquake threats loom. While the truth is that nothing can make your home entirely safe from earthquakes and their destruction, you can certainly significantly lower your chances of property damage by properly retrofitting your home.

Do you have concerns about the security of your structure?

Would you like to receive more information about how you can secure your home?

Call today to get started on the retrofitting process! At California Foundation Works we’re more than happy to answer all of your questions. Let’s work together to make your home as safe as possible!


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Earthquake Effects and the Need for Seismic Retrofitting

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There are many appealing aspects of settling down in Southern California, but earthquakes are certainly not one of them. While major earthquakes clearly pose visible threats to a building’s foundation, minor cases of seismic activity can also wreak havoc on your foundation in less obvious ways. In order to preserve your property value and keep your loved ones safe, it’s essential to understand the damage that earthquakes pose, spot the signs of damage, and secure your home against the threat of seismic destruction. 

Related: Earthquake Retrofitting 101: Secure Your Home 

How do earthquakes damage homes?

In any situation in which the ground shifts beneath a home, damage can occur. That means that even a minor earthquake can unsettle your home and upset your foundation if your building is not properly retrofitted. An unsettled foundation can cause your home to shift, slant, or event slide off the property in extreme causes. It can also lead to a host of interior and exterior house issues, such as foundation cracks and warped floors that can lead to serious issues for the homeowner if left untreated.

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It’s important for homeowners to understand that even minor earthquakes can cause damage, so inspections are necessary for keeping your foundation protected. If your foundation has sustained damage, you will need professional help to resolve the issue and prevent future damage.

How can homeowners prevent against damage? 

While some cases of serious earthquake damage is apparent to the naked eye, mild damage can often go undetected. This can cause problems that would have been relatively easy to fix if caught early to worsen over time and lead to more extensive and costly repairs. That’s why it’s extremely important to be vigilant about checking your home for signs of foundation damage after seismic activity, no matter how minor the earthquake. The most cost effective way to keep your home safe is to be proactive, catch damages early on, and connect with a contractor to discuss repair options. While our contractors are happy to provide free foundation inspections, there are also signs that homeowners can be on the lookout for before they call in the professionals. 

Related: Earthquake Safety Tips

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What are foundation damage warning signs?

One of the most visible signs of foundation damage are cracks, which can be located in both the home’s exterior and interior. Exterior foundation cracks of large dimensions are often linked to foundation damage. Be on the lookout for unusually large cracks or horizontal cracks, which could be a sign of foundation movement. Visible slants in floors, ceilings, walls, and the general appearance of the house itself can indicate that the foundation is leaning or shifting, which is a sign of major foundation damage.

Broken bricks or blocks, if these materials are used in your foundation, are also possible indicators of damage. If you notice any of these signs, it’s crucial to call in professional help so that the root of the issues can be understood. If it is determined that your issues are linked to foundation damage, then appropriate steps must be taken to fortify your home. 

What are earthquake retrofitting solutions? 

The good news is that with the right professional help, retrofitting your home against the destruction of earthquakes is a more than manageable task. Earthquake retrofitting is a necessity for Southern California building owners. Popular solutions include cripple wall bracing, foundation bolting, and attaching the floor to braced cripple walls. These forms of fortification will prevent the home from shifting or sliding in the event of seismic activity, allowing the homeowner to rest easy with the knowledge that their building is secured. In order to determine which solution, or solutions, are best for your unique situation, a professional will need to evaluate your home and determine the most effective course of action. 

Related: The Ultimate Guide for the Soft Story Retrofit Cost 

Is your building in need of a seismic retrofit?

If your structure hasn’t been properly secured, it is leaving residents vulnerable in the event of seismic activity. When it comes to protecting your loved ones and property value, don’t take any chances! California Foundation Works offers free home inspections so that you can set your mind at ease and get started on a cost-effective solution for securing your home. Call today to book your free, no obligations inspection. A member of our team will be happy to answer any questions!

We offer FREE earthquake stability inspection, seismic retrofitting estimate for homeowners. To schedule call us at 323-418-2239

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The Ultimate Guide for the Soft Story Retrofit Cost Recovery Program

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Many Los Angeles County residents have received mandatory soft-story retrofit ordinances in the mail, requiring them by law to update their buildings within a set amount of time.

While these mandates are needed to guarantee the structural stability of the building and the safety of all occupants in the event of seismic activity, that doesn’t make receiving an ordinance any less stressful for property owners. In addition, though soft-story retrofits are necessary long-term investments that will guarantee the health of your building, that doesn’t mean that makes footing the bill any less easy in the present. Today we are going to walk you through the soft story Cost Recovery Program so that you can discover the most cost-effective way to secure your building and keep residents comfortable throughout the process without sacrificing your savings. Ready to get started?

Related: What Affects the Cost of Seismic Retrofit?

What are the mandatory retrofits?

Close to 20,000 buildings in Los Angeles County alone have received orders to comply for mandatory retrofits. Passed in 2015, this ordinance requires for determined at-risk buildings to structurally secure their dated structures, a project that can run upwards of $130,000 in some cases for wood framed structures and as much as several million dollars for large concrete buildings.

The carefully defined ordinance gives building owners a total of 7 years to complete their mandatory retrofits in full, providing them a limited amount of time to work out payment plans and figure out savings. 

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However, the Cost Recovery Program can reimburse the building owner up to 50% of the project costs upon the completion of construction.

What is the Cost Recovery Program?  

If you are seeking a way to recover your seismic retrofitting costs, then you are not alone. On February 12, 2016, the Seismic Retrofit Work Cost Recovery Program became effective to provide a temporary rent surcharge to tenants based on two factors. These factors include: 1. A Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) approved pass-through of the total retrofitting costs of up to 50% divided equally among all rental units; 2. A rent increase for a recovery period of 120 months (which can be extended) at the maximum amount of $38 until the approved amount has been collected in full. That means that it is possible for property owners to recover up to 50% of the costs spent on the mandatory retrofitting.

Ready to sign up? 

Related: What Affects the Cost of Soft Story Retrofit?

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How can I apply for cost recovery?

To apply for the Seismic Retrofit Work Cost Recovery Program, it is necessary to submit an application online. You will also be required to mail any supporting documentation that has been uploaded to the Department so that it can be received within 30 days of your application being filed. Once you have submitted your application, a mailing label will be provided, or you can bring the documentation in to a public counter. In order to submit an application successfully, it must be submitted within 12 months of your retrofit being completed.

You will be required to submit a copy of your Tenant Habitability Plan (THP), documentation to support the costs of the project, a rent roll with tenant rent and move in dates, and final permits for all work that required permits. 

How are cost recovery applications processed? 

Each application will have a Case Analyst assigned to it in order to review the application and assist with the process. Tenants and landlords will be notified that the application has been filed, at which point HCIDLA will review the documentation and determine the amount of the pass-through. Once a final determination has been made, it will be mailed to the tenants and landlords along with an appeal form. Tenants and landlords will both have the right to appeal the decision. 

Related: How to Apply for Earthquake Brace and Bolt Program

What is the Tenant Habitability Plan?

The Tenant Habitability Program requires that a Tenant Habitability Plan (THP) is developed in order to protect the rights of the tenants and minimize the impact of major construction for their well-being. A THP is required by property owners to ensure that necessary steps are taken to ensure that tenants can safety remain in their lodgings during construction or that safe temporary relocation can be provided for them.

Filing a THP is a required step of seismic retrofit work. The THP requires a number of points of important information,

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including a list of the tenants and their current rent payment, the anticipated impact of the work on the residents’ living areas, the anticipated impact of the construction on the personal property of the tenants, and extended information about the disruption anticipated during the construction. Overall, THPs require a very thorough breakdown of the amount of work anticipated and the overall impact it will have on residents and their lives. 

What should I know about filing a THP? 

A THP can be filed by building owners at any time before the seismic retrofit begins. While THPs might include extra costs upfront in order to minimize the impact of construction on tenants, if all paperwork is filed correctly, they can bring many long-term cost benefits since they will be a key asset in securing an approved Cost Recovery Program. Therefore, it is very important to file your THP correctly. If you team up with the right engineer, then you will be able to keep your tenants in their homes and avoid paying for relocation.

Successful engineering, therefore, plays an important role in deterring the overall cost and success of your retrofit. All soft-story building owners are advised to ask about the THP process when they are getting their project bids, in order to be able to complete it successfully. The number one thing you can do to ensure the comfort of your tenants and the eventual recovery of the project cost is to work with a skilled engineer who will be able to minimize the disruption of your tenants’ lives and complete the mandatory retrofitting project in a quick, clean, and efficient manner. 

Related: Earthquake Retrofitting 101: Securing Your Home

Is your building in need of a soft story retrofit?

Have you received a mandatory ordinance in the mail?

Do you have any concerns about the structural stability of your dwelling?

California Foundation Works is here to help! We offer top quality foundation work, repair, and replacement of all kinds to the greater Los Angeles area. If you have any concerns about your soft story structure or wish to discuss budgeting options, don’t hesitate to call today! 

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4 Steps to Soft Story Retrofitting

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The process of soft-story retrofitting, step by step

Soft-story structures are a growing concern for Southern California residents, with thousands of multi-story buildings in the Los Angeles area suffering from a weak first floor that compromises the structural integrity of the entire building.

The issue has escalated for the City of Los Angeles to the point where it’s no longer a choice whether or not to update buildings with weakened first floors.

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Following the passing of Ordinance 183893 and Ordinance 184081 in 2015, approximately 13,500 buildings in the Los Angeles area have been slapped with a mandatory soft-story retrofit requirement. Hearing your building needs to comply with the Los Angeles seismic retrofit ordinances might seem like a justifiable reason to stress. However, the process is far more manageable than it might seem. Allow us to break down the soft story retrofitting process in four easy to follow steps in order to discuss the ordinance notice, professional inspection and estimate, obtaining plans for approval, and finally getting the job done.

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Step 1: Ordinance Notice

The first step in determining if you need a soft story retrofit is the arrival of an ordinance notice. Once your building has received an ordinance notice mandating a retrofit, there will be certain timelines that need to be complied with in order to avoid the risk of demolition.

Ordinance 184081 states that the owner will have two years to submit a structural analysis for review and approval once a formal service of the order has been received in the mail.

The structural analysis will either have to demonstrate existing compliance, demonstrate a proposed structural evaluation to meet the current seismic retrofit requirements or show plans for the demolition of the building. One of these three options will need to be provided. The owner will then have three and a half years from when the original service of the order was received to obtain all permits needed for either the demolition or building rehabilitation. All work for the entirety of construction or demolition will need to be completed within seven years of the service order.

Step 2: Inspection and Estimates

The next step in the soft story retrofitting process is scheduling an inspection from a professional contractor in order to obtain an estimate for the costs.

The contractor will be able to evaluate the extent of the building’s damage and determine approximate costs for the project. The hired contractor will need to ensure that the seismic evaluation will fully bring the building up to current codes under existing ordinances.

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The inspection and estimates will lead to the formulation of plans by the contractor. When drafting the plans for the soft story retrofit project, there are common issues that are important to avoid. Avoid plans that reduce or alter parking availability on the property, since this can create friction with the city for approval of the project. Plans that have a well-balanced ratio and distribution of windows, door openings, and wall space are more likely to be readily approved by the city without any unwanted issues. Keep in mind that the cost of the project will depend on a number of factors, including the level of hazard, the extent of retrofitting work needed, and the extent of current building decomposition.

In order to apply for a building permit, there will be a number of permits that need to be completed, as well as site plans, architectural plans, structural plans, and full project details. Fortunately, a trained contractor will be able to walk the building owner through this process. Failure to comply with the soft story retrofit plans can lead to the property being slapped with a Notice of Violation, which could lead to serious legal problems. Additionally, weakened buildings are left vulnerable to earthquakes and other natural disasters.

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Step 3: Getting the Plans Approved

There are several components to submitting a plan for soft-story retrofitting, including the preliminary meeting, formal submittal, and house habitability plan. Working with a professional contractor will require little effort from the building owner, as contractors are experienced in handling this process. Before the formal submittal, the contractor will sit down with a city engineer at a preliminary meeting and review their soft-story retrofit plans. At this point, the city engineer will be able to provide valuable feedback before the plan is formally submitted by the contractor to the city.

The inspection and estimates will lead to the formulation of plans by the contractor. When drafting the plans for the soft story retrofit project, there are common issues that are important to avoid. Avoid plans that reduce or alter parking availability on the property, since this can create friction with the city for approval of the project. Plans that have a well-balanced ratio and distribution of windows, door openings, and wall space are more likely to be readily approved by the city without any unwanted issues. Keep in mind that the cost of the project will depend on a number of factors, including the level of hazard, the extent of retrofitting work needed, and the extent of current building decomposition.

To formally submit the plan, an application form needs to be filled out and appropriate fees will need to be paid. On average, the first round of corrections should take a month after the plan is submitted formally. At this point, a meeting will be arranged for the contractor to go over the corrected plans with a plan checker so that the plans can be approved. Additionally, it is necessary to fill out a tenant habitability plan with the Department of Housing. This can be done electronically and usually takes only five days to be approved.

On average, be prepared to spend between $850 to $1200 for smaller projects and up to $5,000 for larger projects when it comes to planning check fees. Are you pressed for time? While normal submittal time for a project engineer to approve a project is 30 days, you can expedite the process at an additional fee. Requesting an expediting service is something to keep in mind if time is an important factor.

Step 4: Getting the Job Done

After all of the inspections, plans, and formalities have been finished, the final step is to complete the entirety of the construction project. By nature, soft story buildings are structures which contain a first story that is noticeably weaker than the stories above it. This is most common in buildings that have large areas open for parking.

Strengthening the building is a necessary precaution because buildings with a weakened first story run the risk of the entire structure being compromised.

The best solution for this issue is to perform a seismic upgrade so that the risk of collapse during an earthquake is greatly diminished.

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In order to get the job done and ensure for the future structural success of the building, it’s essential to bring in a team of professional contractors. The soft-story retrofitting process includes breaking up the existing concrete slab and installing new reinforcement beams underneath the old concrete poles. This will reinforce the structure for adequate support. Next, concrete will be poured in order to reinforce the beams, which will leave the structure stabilized. In order to comply with retrofit requirements, it’s essential to have the project completed before the deadline. If your building is in need of a soft story retrofit, be sure to consult a professional contractor today.

With the help of the right team of contractors, dealing with a soft story retrofit can be made more than manageable. If you received an ordinance notice in the mail, or if you’re concerned about the structural integrity of your building, call today to book your free home inspection!  

Thinking about retrofitting for your soft story building? got a notice about the soft story retrofit ordinance?

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Reasons Los Angeles Homes Need Foundation Inspections

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Why Foundation Is Damaged?

Foundation damage is a serious and costly problem for homeowners all over the country but it does affect certain regions the most. Unlike other regions, most of the Los Angeles neighborhoods are susceptible to foundation damage because of a combination of factors such as the poor drainage and types of expansive soil. Los Angeles Homeowners should get foundation inspections to prevent any underlying problems from getting worse. 

Water Damage

Drought

Los Angeles has been in a drought for a couple of years until recently when it received massive rain, and this is problematic for many house foundations in Los Angeles. During the drought, the clay soil around the house foundations lost most of their moisture hence the soil shrank and then after receiving rain the soil expands, therefore, pushing against the foundation and eventually cracking it. Foundation inspections will prevent this problem from getting worse once it’s detected early.

Tremors and Earthquakes

Most of Los Angeles residents are aware of the San Andreas fault running below their house foundation but they forget about the hundreds of low-intensity tremors and earthquakes that this area experiences on a daily basis. As a homeowner, you might not be able to see or notice any damage from these tremors and earthquakes but your foundation will be gradually damaged over time if certain precautions won’t be made to maintain it properly.

Related : Retrofitting a Los Angeles Home for Earthquakes

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Clay Soils

The type of soil that a house is built on is very important because clay soils which can also be referred to as expansive soils because of their nature to expand and then shrink in the year cycle. This tendency to expand and shrink is what causes damage to the foundation by pushing against it or shrinking and leaving spaces around the foundation which causes it to settle.

Contact a professional foundation contractor if you are a Los Angeles homeowner and haven’t yet had your foundation inspected.

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How Landscaping Affects Your Foundation

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Landscaping Can Cause Trouble

Everybody wants to have an inviting home with beautiful curb appeal, but in the process of doing that you might end up damaging your foundation. Careful consideration has to be taken when it comes to landscaping in regards to foundation. However there are three main ways in which landscaping affects your foundation negatively.

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Trees and Shrubs Too Close To Your Foundation

Plants are almost always an essential addition to your home when it comes to improving its curb appeal. Choosing the wrong kinds of plants or planting them too close to your foundation can be problematic hence the need to carefully choose the location and type of plant. Plants that have roots that grow horizontally instead of vertically will have their roots drying up all the moisture that surrounds the foundation and in some instances even penetrate the foundation walls, therefore, causing damage.

Improper Drainage

Having a well-functioning drainage system should be a priority whenever you think of improving your landscape. In the efforts of making the exterior of a home beautiful, homeowners tend to forget about the drainage system and this is bound to damage the foundation. Plant beds should slope away from the foundation and as a rule of thumb, water should always flow away from the house not towards it.

Related :  Foundation Damage Caused by Trees

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Not Watering Plants Frequently

The plants and trees that are closest to your foundation need to be sufficiently watered. They need a steady supply of water to encourage the vertical growth of roots. In order to retain soil moisture, the soil needs to be well mulched so that any foundation problems are prevented.

Contact a professional foundation contractor if you suspect that your foundation is getting affected by landscaping.


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