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

Estimate of the Day 9/16/2019 – Stone Steps, Stucco and Structural Repair

Settlement Issue Leads to Need for Minor Foundation, Waterproofing and Structural Repairs

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.

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Settlement cracks indicate movement

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Lower stairs

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10 Signs Your Hillside Home Foundation Has a Problem

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

Climate Change: How It Affects Your Older Home and What You Can Do About It

climate change older homesI moved to the Bay Area in 1978 to go to school at Cal.  

The weather back in those days was very different. Summers were foggy days until the afternoon when the sun popped out. The fog went away in the Fall and we had Indian Summers and that was usually our hottest weather. Winter started in October and lasted until March or April with off and on rain with mild temperatures. Read More

Why There Are Cracks in Your House (and What You Can Do About It)

One of the most frequent questions we get at Jim Gardner Construction is some variation of the following:

Why are there cracks in my house?  Why are my floors not level? What should I do about it? 

In this post we’ll break down typical causes and solutions for interior and exterior cracks so you can make an informed decision about how to take care of these issues the right way. Read More