Oakland Foundation and Basement Remodel Work Continues During Shelter In Place

We are all still working at Jim Gardner Construction.

We are lucky to still be continuing with ongoing projects in these difficult times. Fortunately, as we generally work in the unoccupied parts of homes and are able to keep up with social distancing requirements that makes it feasible. Read More

Challenges with Hillside Garage Replacements – Drainage, Foundation, & Retaining Walls

City Codes to Retaining Walls, Soil Support & Drainage Solutions

As is often the case with structural repairs, the requirements to bring garage projects in line with modern engineering standards can be substantial compared to the way they were built back in the day (generally in the 1920’s). Lack of properly reinforced foundations (aka retaining walls) and drainage are the primary culprits in the failure of older garages. There are often a number of challenges involved with their reconstruction which I will outline here. Read More

Drainage Project in Moraga Area Leads to Dispute – Be Careful With Drainage Projects

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Homeowners, Be Careful as You Plan Drainage Repair Projects

Water can cause serious property damage. A flooded basement can be expensive to fix. Collapsing retaining walls make a mess to your landscape. When neighbors cause water damage to your property, the legal issues can get murky. In most places, water runoff from your neighbor’s land generally isn’t their fault. The problem arises when your neighbor alters their property, such as landscape renovation, to change the amount of water that runs into your property, causing your Moraga foundation to need repair, for example. Three different types of liability cover how these disputes are generally handled. Read More

Costly Earthquake Foundation Damage Can Be Reduced by Retrofitting Pre-1979 Homes

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Earthquake safety and preparedness have come a long way over the years, especially in California. Every year, the state generates two or three earthquakes that are powerful enough to cause moderate to severe damage to structures. Most modern homes are built to withstand these earthquakes, but many homes built before 1979 are still in danger of suffering serious damage if they are caught in an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 or higher. Some structures are more at risk than others – unreinforced masonry and concrete buildings are particularly dangerous during earthquakes – but any homes built before the late 1970s should be retrofitted if they haven’t been already.
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4 Basic Types of Retaining Wall

East Bay Hills Homeowners – Learn About Types of Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are a common element in both commercial and residential landscaping in California. Not only do they give you the chance to add some beautiful stonework to your property, but they can prevent soil erosion and control rainwater flow, both of which can save your yard and home foundation from erosion and damage. Here we discuss four basic types of retaining walls in landscaping, and note the differences between them to understand which one may be best for your landscaping project. Read More

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Why Foundation Drainage Is Important and Some Ways It Can Be Implemented

While water is necessary for our survival, an improper drainage system can wreak havoc on your Oakland foundation. According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage is the costliest and, unfortunately, the most common disaster in homes. Installing proper foundation drainage is imperative as it:

  • Is a critical step towards waterproofing your home
  • Helps soil that supports the foundation maintain consistent moisture levels thus preventing differential movement, heaving, and settlement
  • Helps you comply with local codes

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November Estimates – Berkeley Foundation and Albany Drainage

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

Estimates & Projects: Oakland Foundation, Driveway Bridge, & Retaining Wall

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