Foundation Replacement 101
Does your home need foundation replacement? If your property’s foundation is cracked or damaged – beyond repair – oftentimes, foundation replacement is the best solution for maintaining the structural integrity of your property.
When foundation repair is needed, a trusted and qualified foundation contractor (like Julian Construction) will go over the planning with you step-by-step. From start to finish, you’ll be updated on the process and the progress of your foundation installation.
During the foundation replacement process, your home’s existing foundation will be replaced section by section in order to support the entire weight of the house.
The first step is to shore up the house. This is done carefully and precisely in order to prevent damage to the house (in the form of unwanted cracks to walls and ceilings). The weight of the structure is transferred to the temporary shoring so that the existing foundation is no longer doing any of the load-bearing.
Removing the old foundation is a relatively straight forward process, because most older foundations do not include any form of steel reinforcement. Typically, if the existing foundation was too difficult to remove, it wouldn’t need to be replaced—it would only need to be repaired.
Next, a trench is dug underneath the house to allow for a new footing to be constructed. The depth of this footing will depend on the size of the house, how many stories it has, and the weight of the materials used in constructing the house as well as the type of soil present.
New treated lumber is installed — known as a sill plate — to provide firm anchoring material for new foundation bolts.
New rebar steel reinforcement is installed throughout the trench, along with the new bolts, and wooden forms are used to receive the concrete.
The concrete is delivered to the job site by a concrete truck and pumped directly into the forms. The new foundation is allowed to fully cure, before the wooden forms are removed.
Once the forms are removed, the structure is attached to the new foundation and the stucco or siding is re-installed.
City inspections are completed according to building codes and local ordinances to ensure everything is done correctly. A complete foundation replacement typically takes between 15 to 30 days depending on the size of the replacement area.
The cost of replacing a foundation varies on the size and the construction of the home.
If you think your home is in need of foundation repair, foundation replacement and/or earthquake retrofitting, contact Julian Construction today and we will send one of our foundation specialists out to conduct a free, thorough inspection 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 (323) 733-3377 to schedule your free inspection or complete the inspection request form.