Santa Barbara Hit By 3.4 Earthquake, Highlights Importance of City Retrofitting Measures

A 3.4 earthquake rattled residents in Santa Barbara Wednesday night. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the quake occurred at 8:49 p.m. and was centered in the Santa Barbara channel near Gaviota. Located just 13 miles south of the seismic activity, residents in Solvang felt the brunt of the quake […] Read more »

Does Your Pier Foundation Need Replacement?

Your home’s foundation is arguably the most important facet of its structure. Like many man-made objects, these foundations can deteriorate over time. For example, when your home’s foundation settles at different rates, that’s when issues like foundation cracks, uneven and/or sinking floors, drywall cracks, tight doors and windows, and chimney […] Read more »

Santa Monica City Council Approves Nation’s Largest Retrofitting Effort

Santa Monica’s new seismic retrofitting effort could mean big changes for Los Angeles. The City Council approved Santa Monica’s latest seismic safety measure to retrofit some 2,000 buildings deemed vulnerable to earthquakes. Santa Monica’s new safety rules would extend Los Angeles’ recent retrofit efforts, going well beyond the city’s mandate […] Read more »

Cripple Wall Bracing: What You Need to Know

When you seismically retrofit a property, there are several factors that need to be examined. One of the first things an inspector will check is the home’s cripple wall. A cripple wall can be found in the crawl space of the property. How do you know if your home has […] Read more »

Santa Monica Lists 2,000 Buildings Needing Retrofit

Santa Monica is serious about preparing for the next big one. The city is requiring some 2,000 buildings to be seismically retrofitted in a measure to prepare the area for a major earthquake. Going one step further than Los Angeles’ recent measure requiring the retrofit of wood-framed and concrete buildings, […] Read more »

Brick Foundation Repair: What You Need To Know

Does your home have a brick foundation? Brick foundations are quite common in Los Angeles, but as much as they can be aesthetically pleasing, there are some risks associated with these structures. Like most substances, the motar – which is used to glue the bricks to one another – degrades […] Read more »

Los Angeles Releases List of 13,500 Apartments In Need of Earthquake Retrofitting

Looks like Los Angeles is getting even more serious about earthquake safety. City inspectors spent over two years compiling information on soft-story structures in need of retrofitting (aka seismic strengthening) around L.A, and the Los Angeles Times just released the data. The list, which has 13,500 properties throughout the county, […] Read more »

Julian Construction Explains Why You May Need a Caisson Foundation for Your Hillside Property

LOS ANGELES, CA: Julian Construction, Inc., (http://www.julianconstruction.com), a foundation repair and construction company in Los Angeles, explains why hillside properties will often need a special type of foundation called a caisson foundation. Julian De La Torre, founder, and owner of Julian Construction explains “The foundation of your home is extremely […] Read more »