Does My Home Need Foundation Repair? If You Live in Los Angeles … Probably

Posted August 21, 2020, under Blog

If you live in or around Los Angeles, you know that earthquakes pose a real threat to your safety. Which means getting your home inspected for any foundation damage or needed repairs, in order to sustain a large earthquake is not only a good idea, it’s essential.

Luckily, earthquake retrofitting is a cost-effective method for reinforcing your home’s foundation, which will make it stronger for withstanding the intense shaking that occurs during a large quake.

Typically, an earthquake retrofit costs just between 1% – 3% of the home’s value. A very small price to pay in comparison to the cost of damage and destruction that could occur after a large earthquake strikes in the area.

In addition to protecting the home and increasing the home’s value, retrofitting will ensure that those who live there are safe in the face of a large quake.

One of the most common forms of damage during a large seismic event in buildings that lack the proper earthquake retrofits is total foundation failure. Meaning, a property without the necessary structural updates is more likely to slide off it’s foundation or completely subside during a large quake.

So, what is earthquake retrofitting?

Earthquake retrofitting uses various methods to reinforce a property’s existing foundation. Many retrofits use anchors and house bolts to secure the property to its foundation with additional hardware.

Homes that suffered the most damage after the 1994 Northridge earthquake were those that did not have these modern structural protections, like bolts and framing anchors, to properly secure the property to its foundation.

Even if your home has some of these features, these connections can wear out over time, leaving your foundation vulnerable to earthquake damage. Foundation deterioration can also cause a prior retrofit to no longer be effective.

Before any plan is set into a place, a foundation repair company – like Julian Construction – will first inspect the property and its foundation with a thorough examination.

During the inspection, the foundation specialist will look at the home’s general structure, and asses any signs of structural degradation.

Some common signs of foundation issues in a home are large cracks in the walls and flooring, doors or windows that stick, and uneven or sloping floors.

As a homeowner, your home is arguably one of your biggest investments – and as such, it’s important to protect your investments wisely.

At Julian Construction, we’ll conduct a free home inspection for you, complete with a quote for repair.

We have extensive experience serving our Los Angeles community and nearby regions. In fact, Julian Construction has inspected over 30,000 structures in the area!

Julian Construction was formed in 1994 and our focus has always been on building foundations, doing foundation repair and replacement, earthquake retrofitting, and house leveling.

When you work with Julian Construction, you get the principles of the company and the workers of Julian Construction under your home.

And in order to keep foundation repair affordable for our customers, we offer a price guarantee — because we know our quote for repair will represent your very best value.

Give us a call at call (323) 733-3377 to schedule your free inspection or complete the inspection request form.

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