Unearth Your Home’s Hidden Treasures

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If you were like many families in the Bay Area when the current shelter in place (SIP) order came through, you probably had thoughts about what it is going to be like to hunker down in your home for the majority of your day. While there was time to consider transitioning to this new normal, one can never be fully prepared to experience the concentrated time in the same space. Especially for an unknown period of time.

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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

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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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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

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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