One of the biggest challenges of constructing on a hillside is the constant natural soil movement, shifting soil, and worst of all, landslides.
Slope failure can seriously compromise the structural integrity of your property. Hillside repairs and landslide repairs are necessary to mitigate damage to the landscape of your property and keep your home safe from structural and hillside failure. Although hillside homes built in the 1950s and 1960s were thought to have deep enough foundations at the time, the large-scale property damage during El Nino winters and high magnitude earthquakes warranted changes to the foundations. The hilly terrain in and around Southern California requires many homes to be built along slopes. Constructing on sloped land, however, poses several challenges that need to be taken into account.
If you notice signs of a failing or unstable slope, it would be wise to hire a professional to inspect it. These signs include:
These are all signs that may point towards the slope starting to give in. The expert technicians here at Alpha Structural can inspect your hillside property and give you an accurate slope stability evaluation so that you can take action before matters get out of hand.
There are several different ways of repairing a slope and mitigating earth movement. The methods we use are unique to the demands of each property.
Since poor drainage almost always has a role to play in the event of a landslide, a drainage plan should ideally be drawn up to complement hillside or landslide repair plans. Terracing and benching are also effective methods as a terraced slope is much closer to its natural angle of repose and is thus much more stable. When our assessors arrive onsite, they will review the property and determine what issues you face. With your budget in mind, they will design and develop the needed repairs to fix your issues.
Repairing a failing or failed slope should be treated as a necessity as such a slope can compromise the safety of those who reside on it. Not only that, mudslides and landslides can severely affect mobility as they often cause roadblocks. A compromised hillside is also an eyesore. Hillside/Landslide repair can help preserve the structural integrity of your hillside property, keeping you and your loved ones safe. If done well, it can keep landslides and soil erosion at bay, ensuring the long-term security of your property. Retaining walls can also add value to your home, such as by offering more usable space for parking, gardening, and so on. Our team of expert engineers at Alpha Structural are highly trained in hillside/landslide repairs and has extensive experience in devising repair plans unique to various hillside properties.
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 foundation retrofitting, call, or email today to schedule a consultation.
An unstable or failing hillside manifests itself in various warning signs such as tension cracks, curved trees, guardrails, walls, and other structures, loose soil and debris resulting from erosion at the bottom of the slope, and so forth. If you notice any of these signs, contact Alpha Structural immediately to have a slope stability analysis performed on your property.
The approximate cost of hillside/landslide repair depends on the extent of damage to the property and the method that needs to be used to properly address the issues. 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.