As a drainage repair and foundation specialist serving Albany, Berkeley, Piedmont, Oakland and the East Bay Hills we are out every day assessing structural issues with homes. Here we share some notes from recent estimates for a Berkeley foundation problem and needed drainage repair in Albany due to a poorly planned basement dig-out addition. Read More
We are out every day providing recommendations and estimates to homeowners in Berkeley, Piedmont, Orinda, and throughout the East Bay Area. Below we share some of our recent projects including an Oakland foundation repair proposal, a proposal for a driveway bridge replacement and an Oakland Hills retaining wall and drainage project in progress. Read More
As seen in the Piedmont Post…
Basement Renovations can be great projects, adding substantial new living space to your home. They are, however, much more complex and expensive than most people realize. And this is why. Read More
San Francisco East Bay cities experience earthquakes on a regular basis. While it may not be possible to predict them, it is possible to plan strategically for them. You might be surprised to learn that you can actually affect an earthquake’s impact on your property by taking the proper steps to bring your Oakland foundation up to standards, and fix underlying age-related issues that may cause the foundation to fail during a sharp quake. Read More
As seen in the Piedmont Post…
When I am evaluating whether or not there are foundation problems in your home in Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland, or other areas of the Bay Area there are several key indicators I am looking at. Some are more important than others, but taken as a whole they paint a fairly good picture as to the current and future health of the material that is holding up your home. Read More
Every day we are out meeting with home and business owners to provide guidance and estimates for structural, retaining wall, drainage, and foundation issues in the Bay Area. Here we share some photos and short write-ups about the issues we discovered and the best solutions for long term integrity. Read More
The homeowner contacted me regarding cracks they saw adjacent to their front entry stairs.
From my perspective, this is a sign of potential need for structural repairs or drainage problems that commonly affect these structures. Settlement cracks indicate there is movement below, which has different potential causes.
The foundation of your home can develop various issues over time. In some cases, the visual signs of such issues are not a cause for worry. However, if they move past cosmetic issues (if a hairline crack widens, for instance) they may indicate serious problems that require professional help. If you notice any of the following signs of foundation flaws, you should contact an experienced East Bay and Oakland foundation expert to find out whether repairs are needed. Read More
I hear it over and over from customers: someone hires the cheap guy they found on Craigslist to do their structural repair or drainage projects and end up paying way more down the road to fix issues that weren’t done right the first time. Read More