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

Oakland Foundation Health Influences Earthquake Impact on Your Oakland Hills Home

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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

How Do I Know If I Need A New Foundation? – Some Key Indicators

Berkeley, Oakland and Alameda Foundation Repair – Signs of a Problem

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

Estimates from 9/18/2019 – Drainage, Retaining Wall, & Waterproofing Issues

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