Here’s Why Your Brick Foundation Needs Replacement

Brick foundations are very common in Los Angeles. However, properties that were built before 1910 with a brick foundation, might not have the necessary structural reinforcement needed to survive an earthquake. Brick foundations that have been constructed without reinforced steel are identified as “unreinforced masonry,” and typically require foundation replacement. […] Read more »

5 Most Common Types of Home Foundations

LOS ANGELES, CA: A foundation repair and construction company, Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com), is informing homeowners on the five types of home foundations. Today, there are a large number of foundation types and most of these foundation types are determined based off a region’s climate and construction method. While it could […] 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 »

Homes Red-Tagged In Hollywood Hills After Landslide, Highlights Importance of Strong Foundation

Two homes were red-tagged in the Hollywood Hills on Tuesday after suffering a significant landslide. One property lost a large part of its backyard after it fell down a hillside. Other homes in the area have been evacuated as a precaution. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department told […] Read more »

2017 Homeowner Registration For Earthquake Brace + Bolt Program Now Open For Enrollment

Big news, Angelinos. The Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) program is now open for enrollment for Los Angeles homeowners living in 90018 and 90019 zip codes. The Brace + Bolt program is giving grants for “building-code-compliant” seismic retrofits. Specifically, retrofits that strengthen older homes to prevent properties from sliding and collapsing […] Read more »