Concrete Foundation Repair in Los Angeles
Foundation repair is something that scares a lot of people because they just don’t know much about it. Repairing a foundation is not an absolute – that is to say the home owner always has options. First thing is whether the foundation actually needs to be repaired.
Here are a few signs that you can look for in your own home that could mean your foundation may need to be repaired:
- Are the floors sloping?
- Are there cracks around door frames or window frames?
- Are there cracks in the exterior walls or foundation walls?
- Are there doors or windows that don’t open or close properly?
- Is there separation of walls from adjoining walls, floors or ceilings?
If you feel adventurous enough you can crawl under your home if you have a crawl space. You will want to see if the foundation is cracked. If so how large are the cracks and does it appear that one side of the crack is lifting or sinking away from the other side. The size of the crack and whether one side is pulling away from the other will indicate whether that section needs to be replaced or if it can simply be held together with the addition of steel straps bolted to the foundation.
The next item to address is why the concrete foundation cracked to begin with. This may be due to the expansion or contraction of expansive soil (soil with high clay content). It may also be due an over saturation of the soil as a result of poor drainage or simply that the soil beneath the foundation is substandard. Every home is different and has to be addressed individually.
It is our goal at Alpha Structural to engineer and build the most precise, practical, and responsible repair for our customer’s property, in conformance with State and Local Building Codes and with their budget in mind, so that they may realize their goals concerning the correction of their property.
When repairing a concrete foundation it is always necessary to have a specialist (a contractor with a C-8 license) and obtain permits. This is for the protection of YOU, the home owner.
We have enjoyed over 25 years as one of the top foundation repair specialists in Los Angeles. If you have any questions concerning your foundation give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.
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The following list represents just some of the types of foundation repair we specialize in:
- Basement Expansion
- Basement Waterproofing
- Brick Foundation Repair
- Concrete Foundation Repair
- Concrete Foundation Walls
- Earthquake Bolting
- Earthquake Retrofitting
- Foundation Inspection
- Foundation Repair
- Foundation Replacement
- Foundation Underpinning
- Grade Beams
- Hillside Foundation Repair
- Hillside Drainage
- Hillside Repair
- Hillside Waterproofing
- House Leveling or Sinking
- Non-Ductile Concrete
- Oceanfront Foundations
- Real Estate Inspections
- Retaining Walls
- Sister Foundations
- Soft Story Retrofitting
- Spalling Concrete Repair
- Unreinforced Foundation
- Steel Frame Retrofit
- Hillside ADU