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Foundation Repairin Los Angeles

What is Foundation Repair?

The prospect of foundation repair may be intimidating to many property owners but it is absolutely crucial to address foundation issues if there are any.

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As a prudent homeowner, it is essential that you look out for warning signs that point towards foundation distress and take immediate actions to correct any issues. Foundation problems are structural issues that put the safety and security of your building at risk and should not be neglected. Damage to the foundations we have in Los Angeles may occur if they are built on expansive clay or improperly compacted fill soils, or if the soil is oversaturated owing to poor drainage. These complications (not to mention the seismic activity in the area) can compromise foundations and their structures over time.

What toLook For

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A distressed foundation manifests itself in several signs throughout your building. These signs include:

  • Fractures in exterior walls
  • Fractures in interior walls, foundation walls
  • Cracks around door and window frames
  • Separation of walls from adjoining walls, floors, ceilings, or cabinets
  • Doors or windows not opening or closing properly

Keeping an eye out for these signs and taking the necessary steps immediately can spare you extensive and costly repairs in the future. Our skilled technicians can accurately assess the scope of the damages and take care of all your foundation repair needs. Contact Alpha Structural now to schedule an inspection of your property.

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Methods of Foundation Repair

The method employed to repair a distressed foundation depends entirely on the extent of its damage.

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Minor cracks and fractures can be treated using sealants or masonry patches. In order to properly assess the condition of your foundation and take the correct step to restore its structural integrity, it is crucial that you entrust it to a specialist, specifically, a contractor with a C-8 license. The highly trained professionals at Alpha Structural can conduct an inspection and determine which repair method would be best suited for your foundation repair needs. At Alpha, our foundation repair methods include, but are not limited to:

Foundation Underpinning

Foundation underpinning is what most people think of when they think of “foundation repair.” In this process, additional supports strengthen the existing foundation, rehabilitating it or allowing it to bear more weight. This process is performed during foundation repair projects, as well as during other home renovations such as the addition of a floor or a new structure to a building.

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Foundation Replacement

If the foundation cannot be repaired, it might be necessary to have it replaced. Alpha Structural’s teams of highly-trained and certified foundation repair specialists have overseen foundation replacements in Los Angeles for decades. They have the skills and experience to complete your foundation replacement project from start to finish with five-star results.

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Partial Foundation Replacement

Not all foundation repair issues require a full foundation replacement. Sometimes, we can perform a partial foundation replacement to correct the damage while leaving the majority of the foundation intact, saving you time and money. Our foundation repair specialists will be able to assess your structure and determine whether or not a partial replacement might solve your issue.

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Sister Foundations

There are times (especially when dealing with historic buildings) where you may need to repair or replace a foundation while leaving the existing wall intact. A sister foundation is a repair where a “sister wall” or “sister foundation” is built next to the existing structure. The new wall absorbs the load that the original wall can no longer support while leaving the existing wall intact.

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House/Floor Leveling

As everyone who has lived in Los Angeles for a while knows, the ground beneath us is not as static as it seems. Over the years (or sometimes, more suddenly), the ground shifts and structures built on it move with it. This can cause foundation issues. Alpha Structural’s leveling services can restore your foundation to its original level and buttress it to protect against future shifts.

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Benefits of Foundation Repair

If neglected, a distressed foundation can compromise not only the structural integrity of your property but also the safety and security of your loved ones. Extensive damages to the foundation can end up costing thousands in repairs if you put it off for too long. Getting your concrete foundation repaired by skilled technicians can yield great benefits in the long run. Along with restoring the structural integrity of your home and keeping it in top shape for generations, a healthy foundation will also help preserve the aesthetics of your home.

Your Foundation Repair Consultation

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Alpha Structural, in addition to having been in business for over 25 years, has upwards of 850 years of combined technical experience. Our in-house engineers and technicians are among the most experienced in Los Angeles and all of Southern California. If you would like to know more about concrete foundation repair, call, or email today to schedule a consultation.

Foundation Repair FAQ

Does my house really need foundation repair?

In order to determine whether or not your property truly needs foundation repair, it is important that you look for signs that point towards a distressed foundation. This includes cracks in exterior, interior, or foundation walls, uneven floors, and doors or windows that do not open and shut properly, among others.

How much does typical concrete foundation repair cost?

The approximate cost of repairing a concrete foundation depends entirely on the extent of its damage and what caused it. If you are interested in learning more, email or call Alpha Structural to set up an inspection and get an estimate.

A foundation is more than just the bottom floor of your property. It is the base that supports everything you work so hard to protect. At Alpha Structural, Inc., we treat each project with that level of responsibility and respect. That’s why families and businesses across Los Angeles choose us to protect the structures that protect them. If you want your foundation built to the Alpha Standard, contact us today to schedule an inspection.