If you have a property or business along the oceanfront, then you are treated to beautiful, serene daily views.
However, those same waves can have a harmful effect on your foundation. In addition to the power of the water, there’s also the high salt content in it, which can erode structural steel supports used in many properties, particularly in Malibu. But it’s not just foundational problems that can be an issue. Many properties begin to sink from erosion from the sea, causing the foundation to rupture further or experience problems. In order to avoid issues, your property will need Oceanfront Foundation Repair, which works to stabilize the building and provide stronger support for the entire structure.
Getting your foundation repaired is not just an option - it’s a necessity. Living near the ocean can affect your property in the following manner:
The loss of land and soil is a common problem in any structure next to any body of water, but it can accelerate when your property is right next to the ocean, bay, or other large body of water in which there are strong currents. Erosion can reduce soil and weaken the ground around and under your property, causing your foundation to break, buckle, and possibly collapse. Common erosion issues are found next to large bodies of water or a large river that is subjected to strong currents. Erosion can lead to the collapse of your foundation or the loss of land.
Even in a place that may not get a lot of rain, flooding can remain a problem. The issue is in part because of high tides or unusual weather patterns that can affect water elevation. If the ground becomes heavily saturated, it can shift - which can cause foundations to shift, break, or sink. All of this leads to the damage and destruction of your property.
Along with flooding soaking the ground, the water table also affects your foundation. A water table is a layer in the soil that’s already wet and where groundwater ends up collecting. The depth of a water table depends on how close you are to a body of water. Properties or buildings built along the oceanfront are much more likely to get damaged from this higher water table. It can cause the foundation to sink or shift, especially if there’s not enough drainage around the foundation.
Should you not have proper drainage on your property and around your foundation, then any forces affecting the water level (including rain or high tides) can cause runoff around your property. The runoff leads to significant areas of erosion and pooling water, which saturates the soil even more, causing the foundation to sink and crack.
When you call Alpha Structural for help with Oceanfront Foundation Repair for your property or office, several steps are involved.
We begin with an assessment of your property. Then, our structural assessor, working with our in-house engineers, will create a plan customized to your property to address the issues you are experiencing.
Alpha Structural is one of the leading foundation repair companies in Los Angeles and all of southern California.
The company has been specializing in structural/foundation repairs to oceanfront properties for over 20 years. Our repair specialists can design, engineer, and employ an optimal method to repair your property. To find out more or get started, call us today to schedule an inspection or request an estimate. (323) 258-5482.
Once your foundation has been repaired, you can go back to enjoying the tranquil oceanfront views without worry that your property or office is not securely supported. While the process can take a little time, it’s definitely worth the peace of mind - and overall value of your building - to have your foundation repaired.
Your cost depends on several factors. These include the size of your property or building, the surrounding ground issues (including the water table and runoff), the number of repairs needed, and how long the foundational problems have been building.
In some cases, your insurance may cover some of the costs, so definitely check your policy to see what your provider can take care of to offset the cost. For an exact estimate, you will need to schedule an appointment for one of our specialists to conduct an inspection to determine what repairs you need.
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.