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

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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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