Foundation Repair & Preservation
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Foundation Repair for Los Angeles Properties
Take corrective action to maintain your home’s structural integrity and prevent collapse in the event of an earthquake.
Are you concerned that your home’s foundation may be failing?
It may be possible to repair it, before replacing it.
While foundation components do deteriorate over time – due the seismic activity, general settling, and exposure to moisture – these components can generally be strengthened, replaced or adjusted before impacting other elements of your home, if addressed early enough.
To best keep ahead of foundation deterioration, it is important to have routine foundation inspections, take preventative measures where prudent, and to repair failures as soon as you become aware of them.
Warning signs that your foundation is failing:
- Uneven floors
- Doors and windows that stick or do not open or close properly
- Cracks in exterior walls
- Cracks in interior walls and ceilings
- Separation of walls from adjoining walls, floors or ceilings
- Cracks in foundation walls
If your home is suffering from any of these issues, delay could lead to more extensive corrections. It is important to schedule an inspection as soon as any of these issues become apparent.
Preventative Maintenance is Critical
Preventive maintenance should always be a priority with homes that sit on a raised foundation. If you notice any vertical or horizontal cracks in your walls, or any floors that are becoming unlevel, you are likely past due for foundation repairs.
Methods of Foundation Repair
Below are just a few of the ways that we work to repair foundations before the structural integrity of a building is entirely compromised.
- Sister Foundations: A cost effective solution where a new foundation is installed along the inside of the existing foundation.
- Foundation Replacement: When a foundation is no longer performing it can be removed and replaced with a new one.
- Jack and Lift: When areas of the home are sagging or no longer level, we can do a jack and lift to make the floor more level.
- Pile Supported Underpinning: Site specific steel reinforced concrete can be used to work against substandard soil and mitigate future settlement.
Do You Have A Raised Foundation?
Raised foundations tend to be the most likely to fail over time if not properly maintained.
If your home was built pre 1979 it’s more than likely on a raised foundation, whether it be a stemwall, pier and beam, or cripple wall foundation.
Raised foundations were built primarily due to their affordable cost and accessibility.
Raised foundations were considerably less expensive than grading and pouring a concrete pad. In addition, raised foundations proved convenient for installing HVAC systems, water, and gas lines.
Particularly in the Los Angeles area, raised foundations are prevalent.
Raised foundations are built from the ground up. First a footing is poured and then a foundation wall is attached. The foundation wall is topped with a sill plate and rim joists. Exterior walls are then attached.
The dirt is then leveled out underneath the home and concrete pads with posts are utilized to support the girder beams. Girder beams are utilized lengthwise and the floor joists crisscross atop the girder beams.
The subfloor is then attached. Subfloors could be hardwood floors or pad and carpeting or even tile, depending on the age of your home.
If you think you may need to have your home’s foundation replaced, please call us at (424) 443-5480 for a free estimate. We will be happy to send an experienced estimator to your property to evaluate any foundation problems and help develop a corrective solution.
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