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Slab around pool area had sunken in various locations. Some areas several inches. Our crew injected our PolyLevel Foam to lift areas to minimize tripping hazards.
This customer, located in Pleasanton, came to us with concerns about his concrete walkways sinking, which was causing trip hazards.
Our Concrete Repair Division Manager, Sam Phelps, came to evaluate their situation. By injecting our PolyLevel Foam to lift and stabilize the walkways, we were able to help this customer solve their problems and avoid any future stubbed toes and scraped knees.
PolyLevel Foam Injection beneath a concrete walkway slab in order to bring it to level and remove tripping hazards in Pleasanton.
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We not only adhere to the highest industry standards, we strive to be the industry leader in the home improvement related services we provide. We also use state-of-the-art products and technology which are designed to fix your home. We are the authorized Basement Systems and Foundation Supportworks dealer in Alameda County, CA.
PolyLevel® is sometimes mistakenly referred to as slab jacking. This concrete leveling product is a two-part foam engineered to expand immediately upon injection beneath a settled slab. Injection holes are much smaller than those required for mud jacking. In action, PolyLevel® expands to many times its original volume, forcing the sunken concrete back to its original level. Within a matter of minutes, the expanded polymer hardens and reaches 90% or more of its final strength. This makes it possible for the restored surface to regain full functionality right away.
Do you live in an area that's prone to earthquakes? Don't take chances with your property. At Foundation Repair of CA, we specialize in stabilizing homes and businesses throughout Northern California. Earthquake retrofitting, or seismic retrofitting, is the reinforcing of a house or building so that it is less likely to be damaged or separated from its foundation during an earthquake. With earthquake retrofitting in place, you're less likely to face significant damage when a natural disaster occurs.
If an earthquake event has already caused foundation issues we specialize in primary foundation damage repair of all types. Our expertise also includes concrete lifting and leveling of slabs, driveways and sidewalks.
This business park in Alameda, CA had 13 unlevel sidewalk areas that they wanted addressed around their various buildings. Instead of removing and replacing the concrete areas as they have in the past, they contact Foundation Repair of CA to lift and level the areas using our PolyLevel solution. In just 1 day, with limited inconvenience to the tenants in the buildings, our PolyLevel crew came out and injected the foam solution under the various sections, removing the tripping hazards.
Mr. F recently purchased a house in Pleasanton, CA. He already planned on bringing the house down to its studs to fix the many other issues with the home and wanted to fix the settlement issue at the same time. After all the work, Mr. F's goal was to have a home that was fixed correctly from the start. He recounted how other homes in their area attempted to cover the effects of foundation settlement by simply patching and painting the house, equating the scenario to “putting lipstick on a pig.” However, he was looking for a permanent solution. To help solve Mr. F’s uneven flooring problem, our Structural Consultant came out to inspect the issue and suggested our piering system as a solution. Mr. F was highly involved throughout the entire job process, on site for the actual lifting and working closely with our foremen to ensure the flooring was level. Mr. F was very pleased with the work and our customer service. Foundation Repair of CA is happy to have found another Northern California homeowner a permanent solution to their foundation repair needs.
When Mary first retired she already had a vision for where she wanted to go. She had spent most of her adult life living in the same house with her husband. It was there that they raised three children two adorable dogs. Their kids were all grown up now, and now the bedrooms that once house their children are now accumilating dust. Mary didn't mind it too much though, because she and her husband had planned to leave for awhile now. They had been investing in small renovations to their home as their grandchildren grew up, and now that their youngest grandchild was about to graduate high school they were ready to sell their home and move to somewhere warm and that'd be a better fit for just the two of them. However, when they talked to their realator they found an issue. Despite the home renovations that they had made on the inside of the house, they were told that their evaluation wasn't going to be as good as they expected because of their driveway.
Mary's driveway had cracked down the middle and one of the portions of the slab had tilted while the rest of it had sunk. The realtor suggested getting the entire driveway removed and replaced which would cost thousands and thousands of dollars. Thankfully Mary had called Foundation Repair of California, and within a week Sam Phelps was able to go out and inspect the driveway. Sam had found that, despite the slab being cracked, the concrete was in actually good condition, and so gave them a quote that same day for a fraction of what it'd be to replace the whole slab.
Within two weeks the polyurethane crew was able to come out, tilt the broken slab back into place, thus closing the crack, and then lift the entire slab as one unit. After this, they sealed the crack and the joints with a silicone-based caulking. Mary was astonished to see the work done. In a matter of a few hours, her driveway was completely flush with her garage slab and the eyesore of a crack was completely sealed. Mary was able to get a better evaluation on her house and the future homeowner never has to worry about a sinking driveway.
Over the years, water has eroded the dirt underneath a walkway in this Oakland based apartment complex. The erosion lead to animals beginning to dig around the area as well until the hole became so large that the walkway literally cracked in two and was a serious safety concern. The property manager was able to get approval to go forward with fixing the walkway, and that is when she called Foundation Repair of CA.
One of our best consultants, Jim Palamedas came out to the site and saw the extent of the problem. It was going to take a lot to fix this walkway to be just right, but thankfully Jim has a lot of experience fixing just this sort of issues. Jim knew that the best solution to lift this slab back into place was to use the Poly Leveling system and include the Nexus Pro crack sealant to prevent any future problems.
The Poly Level Foreman, David "DJ" Serpa came out with the Polyurethane crew within two weeks. Upon arriving, DJ knew that this wasn't just going to be a normal job, but was going to be a large challenge. He began by injecting a base of foam underneath the slab to give it support, before attempting to lift. DJ then had his crew members use pry bars to use leverage and pry the cracked slab back up. After it was hoisted up, DJ would inject a small amount more. This was repeated several times until enough lift was achieved to be able to jack the slab up with a bottle jack. After repeating this method continuously, the cracked walkway was brought up to be perfectly level and the crack was then sealed with Nexus Pro to prevent any water damage.
Thanks to the skill, knowledge, and experience of Jim and DJ, the tenants of this apartment complex will never have to worry about the tripping hazards of that walkway again.
When Rosalinda J. retired, she knew it was finally time to take care of the sagging floors that she had put off for years. Before it could get worse, she searched the web and found Foundation Repair of CA. Once she spoke to our appointment center, an appointment was made with Victor to come and evaluate her home. After a thorough evaluation, Victor was able to come to the best solution possible using our state of the art push pier system. Foreman Andrew was able to lift the home to a more satisfactory level, giving the customer the peace of mind that is needed during this wonderful transition of life.
When our customer was approved for the Earthquake Brace + Bolt program, he knew that he had to find the best to complete his project. He browsed the website and found our information and reached out to give us a call. After meeting with Steve C., he chose us as his contractor. His foreman, George, made sure that the customer had all of the protection that he needed for his home. Now, our customer has the peace of mind that his home is far less likely to sustain damage during an earthquake.
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With the ability to cause major damage and injury, earthquakes are no laughing matter in California. As part of the Earthquake Brace and Bolt Program (EBB), Foundation Repair of CA works diligently to ensure the safety of all of our customers. Our products can help minimize the damage that occurs from an earthquake. With the major earthquakes that hit in 2019, many have expressed worry that Northern California is next. This customer was approved for the EBB program and gave us a call. After his evaluation, he was comfortable with our specialist and chose us as his contractor. Once the job was complete, the customer had the peace of mind that our product would lessen his chances of damage if we were hit by the big one.
Are you prepared in the case of an earthquake? Have you been approved for the EBB program? Why not call us today for a free estimate?
With his son living on the property, this customer knew that he had to make sure that settling foundation was taken care of correctly. After meeting with Tony, his structural consultant, he knew he had chosen the right company for the job. Foremen Tyler and Myles worked tirelessly to ensure the customer's safety and happiness with the completion of the project.
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The homeowner knew he needed to fix his uneven floors when he bought the home. There were large portions of the floor that weren't supported by anything. Our crew installed our SmartJack Adjustable Steel Post system along with new floor joists and beams to support the areas that were noticeably uneven.
The final photo you see is the rebar that is put in place before pouring the concrete to what will eventually become the footing for a SmartJack.
This homeowner came to us because she had recently been approved by the FEMA EBB program to get a rebate for retrofitting her home against Earthquakes. This home is a single-story home without a cripple wall, so our game plan was to install Simpson Strong-Tie URFP10 Brackets and L70 Brackets to connect the floor framing to the mudsill, which is the vertical piece of wood that sits on top of the foundation, and the mudsill to the stemwall/foundation.
With these retrofit brackets, the home will be able to better withstand the potential damage from earthquakes.
Upon the initial inspection of this home, it was determined that the existing floor support system within the crawl space was beginning to show signs of failure, an indication that the home was experiencing differential settlement, which was causing the foundation to shift and the existing floor system to tilt.
The homeowner was using this property as a rental so he wanted to remodel the floors which required them to be level before doing so. With the installation of our SmartJack Adjustable Steel Post system, we were able to lift and level his floors so he could install a new floor to make his rental property a better, safer place to live.
This project was a long-time coming. The homeowner is himself a realtor. He's contracted us to do several projects on homes that he has either helped buy or sell for years. We actually came to his own place of residence in Pleasanton about 6 years ago to inspect some areas of concern he had told us about. Cracks on the walls and the exterior slab were indicative of foundation settlement, but the homeowner wanted to hold off on doing any repairs as long as he could. Well...the time came when he could longer put off the repairs. 6 years allowed the foundation settlement to only get worse.
With the installation of our Push Pier system to stabilize the foundation. He can rest assured that his home is in better shape than before.
This house was in bad shape due to foundation settlement that had been left unchallenged for several years. The cracks kept getting worse and worse until the homeowner decided that they needed to do something before the unimaginable happened.
Some of the concrete of the front steps had to be removed in order for us to install our piers where they were needed, but our crew had no problem replacing the concrete once installation was complete.
The right side of the home was experiencing settlement. With a chimney attached to it, allowing the foundation to settle any further was risking the chimney falling in the future. To fix the problem, our crew installed our Push Pier system beneath the foundation of the home and the chimney. We were able to lift and stabilize the home from further settlement.
The husband and wife that owned this home had noticed that their floors were sloping, on top of the fact that the foundation had been so bad that the walls were cracking on the exterior and interior of the home. With the installation of our Push Pier system on the exterior of the home, we were able to lift and stabilize the home from further settlement.
L. bought his home while being fully aware that the floor needed to be repaired. Upon inspection, the underfloor had wood posts that were rotted, it had metal jacks that had rusted, and it had some areas where the jack/post was missing; the floor was sagging in those areas. To solve the issue, we installed our SmartJack Adjustable Steel Post System. We installed three sections of 10 ft. long steel beams, each supported by two SmartJacks. With these in place, we were able to lift, level, and stabilize the floor. Now L.'s home is up to industry standards.
You know your floor is in bad shape when there are certain areas that you avoid stepping on because of the noise it makes. Mr. A is a light sleeper. While he had to work early in the morning, before the sun rises, his children were night owls. Mr. A told us about how he bought his children touch screen monitors because the sound of them typing on their keyboards at night was enough to make him an insomniac. He called us out to inspect his home because there was a specific floorboard that made a loud creaking noise every time his children walked in the hallway to get a midnight snack. Now, I know you're telling yourself that Mr. A should have just bought his children a mini-fridge for their room so they wouldn't have to walk to the kitchen every night when they got the munchies. Mr. A thought about doing that himself, but he knew that the mini-fridge would just be a temporary solution for an issue that he knew should get addressed sooner than later.
We did a zip level reading of the floor and found that the specific area of concern was sagging close to an inch lower than the rest of the home. The wood posts in that area that were "supporting" it were not adequately attached to the footing nor to the girder, likely due to improper installation and also the shifting of the soils beneath the footing. Our solution was to install our SmartJack Adjustable Steel Posts near the struggling posts to lift, level, and stabilize the floor. Now Mr. A can sleep better, and his kids can sneak some sour patch kids more subtle.
This 1,515 square foot, two-story home, built-in 1924, was in need of a new foundation. J had reached out to us to get the work done for her. What we did: we removed and replaced 84 linear ft. of the exterior foundation, 503 square ft. of concrete slab foundation within the interior of the home, and removed and replaced the exterior concrete walkway.
Parts of the foundation that needed to be replaced due to weakness and cracking were also sinking. Even with the new foundation, the problem of the sinking/settlement still needed to be dealt with. New concrete isn't enough to fight against the soil of the earth. Our solution was to install our push pier system in those problem areas as soon as the new concrete was installed and dried completely. The push piers were able to lift the sinking foundation by using a more stable type of soil beneath the surface called strata or bedrock.
"My family is exploding." A quote is taken directly from the homeowner. And I can assure you that what he meant by exploding was that the number of people living in his home had increased greatly. If he had called us because his family was LITERALLY exploding, he would have completely missed the mark as we do not repair families that have exploded (not yet at least). His home was 1-story, and 995 square feet when he had contacted us. With a family that was rapidly growing, he wanted to add more livable space to his home. By the time he had contacted us, he had already gotten plans drawn by another firm and subsequently approved by the City of Albany to create an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) beneath his home.
Our job was to dig beneath the house to pour the foundation that would eventually become the new livable area beneath the home. We poured the concrete that became the walls and the slab/floor where his family would continue to grow and thrive. Now the home has an additional 308 square feet for his family tree to continue to sprout.
Fed up with walking through his home and knowing that something was wrong with his floors, Mr. R had called for an inspection to be done. The last thing he wanted to do was explore his crawlspace so he figured it would be better for someone else to do it. It was determined that Mr. R's crawlspace contained 8 wooden posts that weren't providing the support that his floors needed. As you can see in the photos, the wooden posts were no longer centered on the concrete footings beneath them. Over time, most homes with a crawlspace will be met with this problem. We wish there was a way to control how the soil beneath your home shifts, but for now, the best way to deal with it is to adapt. Our SmartJack Adjustable Steel Post System is the best way to do just that.
Mr. R knew that if he didn't fix the problem now, it was only going to get worse. A foundation problem is never cheaper than it is in the present moment. We fixed his uneven floors by installing SmartJack Adjustable Steel Posts (each with a new cast-in-place concrete footing) near the weakened wooden posts. Each SmartJack was adjusted to lift and stabilize the floor.
Mr. L knew for many years that his home was in need of some repairs but he decided that he would wait to get them done since he was planning on living their for the rest of his life. He was aware that his foundation and his floors were slowly sinking, that his crawlspace would flood whenever it rained, and that his home needed to be better retrofitted against earthquakes since the home had been built before current Building Code standards were implemented.
At this time, he realized that he was getting on in years and had decided that he was going to pass his home down to his son, but before he did that, he wanted to make sure that he set him up for comfort rather than making him have to deal with the repairs.
To help Mr. L prepare his home to be passed down, we repaired his foundation by installing 23 push piers to lift and stabilize it from further settlement. We then installed 17 SmartJack Adjustable Steel Posts within the crawlspace to lift and stabilize the floor. We followed that by installing our SmartSump Sump Pump with drain pipe to divert storm water away from the home and out onto the exterior. We then retrofitted the interior foundation with brackets that gave the home a better chance at defending against the damage done by earthquakes. We then sealed the deal with our CleanSpace Liner, wrapping the crawlspace like a present for Mr. L's family and their future.
Mr. B wanted to fix the walkway leading up to his front door. He was worried that the uneven concrete, being a tripping hazard, would have the potential to injure anyone who came to his home.
He called us out to provide an estimate for repairing his walkway. Our salesman, Hays Lawson, went to inspect the situation and determined that the concrete of the walkway was salvageable; we could repair it with an injection of PolyLEVEL Foam rather than replacing the slab entirely. Mr. B saw the estimate and was sold.
6 days after that appointment, our crew visited Mr. B and repaired the walkway within the same day. Now Mr. B has peace of mind knowing that visitors can step on the walkway without the fear of tripping over the concrete.
Mr. K told us that he is a "Born Procrastinator." He knew that his crawlspace was in need of repair for a very long time but constantly kept putting it off. "I did really well in school despite putting off assignments until they were very close to being due; a deadline was the greatest motivation for me, and now that I wanted to sell my home quickly, what better deadline was there?" he told us with a smile on his face.
The problem with Mr. K's home was that his crawlspace was sinking, causing his floor to sink with it. The floor boards were an inch or more below the walls. The expansive soils beneath the home caused the wooden posts that were supporting the floor to lower. With the shiftiness of the Earth, wooden posts aren't well equipped to adapt because the size of the post never changes. Once it sinks and detaches from the floor the way Mr. K's wooden posts did, you could replace it with another wooden post that has the right height, but you would just be putting a bandage on the situation. Once the soil shifts again, you'd be in the same situation (a vicious circle).
Mr. K chose us to provide a smarter solution. In total, we installed 15 SmartJack Adjustable Steel Posts, which will adapt to the shifty soils with adjustments. 10 of those SmartJacks replaced existing wooden posts that were unsalvageable and the rest were installed near existing posts to support them. Now Mr. K can turn in his assignment before the deadline and get his home sold so he and his wife can continue their lives somewhere new.
Mr. N had lived in his home for many years and had noticed that the floor seemed to be sinking more and more over time. He had no intention of going into his crawlspace so he decided to call a company that had no qualms about it.
Our Structural Consultant, Brett Cesarin, visited Mr. N and his home and discovered that the home had shifted in such a way that caused some of the wooden support posts to break away. Without proper support, the floor was free to sink. When Mr. N saw the photos that Brett took, he was floored (pun intended).
Mr. N decided to use us to install the solution to his uneven floor. The solution included 6 SmartJack Adjustable Steel Posts that were installed to replace the support posts that were no longer attached to the floor system. The SmartJack Adjustable Steel Post is the smart way to support a floor system as it is capable of adjusting to the shifting soils below.
"I don't want my chimney to fall down," said Mrs. P from Oakland.
The possibility of her chimney falling away from her home like a continent was very high. From her garage, you could see cracks from the floor to the ceiling, outlining exactly where the chimney was connected to the home from the exterior. And on the exterior, similar cracks were visible. The home was built in 1936 so you can imagine that 86 years has given the soil beneath it enough time to move around and affect the foundation in negative ways.
Mrs. P wanted a solution to fix her chimney. She was referred to us by one of her friends who had a similar problem that we helped fix. She called us and scheduled an appointment for an inspection with Jesse Marquez, one of our amazing Structural Consultants. Jesse performed a thorough investigation of the chimney, from the exterior to the interior. It was determined that differential settlement was occurring at the area of the chimney, causing it to sink away from the rest of the foundation, causing the walls to crack.
The solution that Jesse came up with was the one that Mrs. P chose. Our crew installed 4 push piers beneath the foundation of the chimney to lift and stabilize it from further movement. Now Mrs. P can go back to living a life where her chimney isn't constantly calling her name for help.
Mr. O was planning on selling his home in a few years. He wanted to make sure that the home's foundation was stable before heading down the road of hiring a realtor and cleaning the house to a point where it looked like he was always this cleanly.
He had known that something was off about his foundation but he wasn't sure what the extent of the problem was. He called us to do an inspection and give him a quote. Our Structural Consultant, Zach Brancato, performed the inspection and determined that the right side of the home was sinking away from the rest of the home. He designed a proposal for a solution and Mr. O agreed.
Our crew, lead by Foreman Ash Gonzales, installed a total of 13 Push Piers, 4 of which included Helical Lateral Restraints for extra protection against lateral movement. Mr. O was proactive in his hunt for the solution to fixing his foundation and we were so happy that he chose us to do the work for him. Now Mr. O can rest assured that he has completed a project that was originally a huge hurdle for him.
After recently taking over this property, Ms. H wanted to fix a few glaring issues. For instance, the basement wall was bowing inward, which had caused a diagonal crack to form from the bottom to the top. A Structural Engineer had done an inspection for her and recommended that she find a contractor who could install steel beams to repair the wall.
After doing an internet search, Ms. H found us and decided to give us a call. Our Structural Consultant, Zach Brancato, performed an inspection of the basement wall and then provided a free quote with a solution to fix it. The quote included a Carbon Armor Patch with Epoxy and four PowerBrace Steel Beams.
After Ms. H agreed to our proposal, one of our third-party engineers did the math and created plans for us to submit to the City of Oakland. The plans were approved on their first review and then we started the work on Ms. H's home immediately. Our crew, lead by Foreman Horacio Coronado, installed the Carbon Armor Patch and the PowerBrace Steel Beams. Both of these systems, the Carbon Armor Patch, and the PowerBrace Steel Beams will both protect the basement wall from bowing and cracking any further, and it will help the wall straighten out over time with subsequent adjustments of the PowerBrace system.
Now Ms. H can rest assured that the problems she was having with her basement wall won't trouble her anymore.
Foundation cracks left unaddressed for long periods of time will continue to get worse; in some cases, the crack can get so bad that the entire foundation in that area will need to be replaced.
Mrs. F in Livermore knew that her foundation had a crack in it and she wanted to make sure she took care of it before the worst case scenario happened. After searching for a foundation company on Yelp, she found us and picked up the phone and scheduled a free inspection. Our Structural Consultant, Mike Anderson performed the inspection and observed the area of concern. By the end of the appointment, Mike had wrote a quote with a detailed drawing of the solution included. Mrs. F liked what she saw and decided to sign the quote.
The cause of this crack was due to the expansion of the rebar inside of the foundation. The expansion more than likely happened because moisture had either been present when the foundation was constructed or had somehow found a way into the foundation over time. Moisture causes rebar to bloat and expand (a process known as Oxidization), forcing it's way out of the foundation like a splinter from skin.
Our crew, lead by Foreman Chris Castaneda and his Second-In-Command Saul Del Rio, removed the bloated rebar from the foundation, installed a new fiberglass stick of rebar in its place, patched the area with new concrete, and then sealed the area with epoxy and a Carbon Fiber Patch (Carbon Armor).
Ms. C's family has owned their home for many generations. From 1914, when this home was built, until the summer of 2022, time had done it's work: shifting the soil beneath the home to cause the floors and foundation to become uneven, as well as weakening a small portion of the foundation to the point of no return for repair and rotting the adjacent cripple wall.
Wanting to keep the home in her family's possession for years to come and wanting to keep the home healthy, the time had come for Ms. C to find a solution for the home's problems. She found us on Home Advisor and decided to give us a call. She scheduled a free evaluation with our Structural Consultant, Brian Lotz. Brian descended into the crawlspace of the home and wrote down and took photos of his observations. He wrote up a quote which included a drawing of the best solution for repairing the home. Ms. C discussed the quote with her family and they decided to choose us to do the work.
Our crews, lead by Foremen Marvin Melendez and Jesus Luna, installed 4 Push Piers to lift and stabilize a portion of the existing foundation, removed and replaced 8 ft. of concrete foundation, removed and replaced 15 ft. of rotted wooden cripple wall, and installed 3 SmartJack Adjustable Steel Posts to lift and stabilize the wooden floor of the home. Now, with the work completed, Ms. C and her family can rest assured that their home will survive for the subsequent generations of their family.
We know that a home is one of the biggest pieces of any family; we're so happy to be a part of keeping that foundational piece intact.
Built in 1913, the way that this home was built was acceptable by the Building Standards of its day. If you had drawn up a set of plans and submitted them to a Building Department in 2022, I guarantee that you would be told to make some changes.
Mr. C, the owner of the home, had responded to one of our ads because he had been looking for a company to help him fix up his foundation to prepare it to be rented out. Upon inspection, our Structural Consultant, Jesse Marquez, descended into the crawl space to see if there were any glaring issues. He noticed that the floor didn't have much support aside from the floor joists and one row of wooden piers that supported the center of the not-quite-rectangular home. After observing this, Jesse ascended from the crawl space and grabbed his Zip Level from his car. Using the front door of the home as a reference point, he measured the elevations of the entire floor area. The Zip Level determined that a large portion of the floor was lower than the front door from 1 to 3 and 1/2 inches.
The solution that Mr. C agreed to was to install our SmartJack Adjustable Steel Post System to lift and stabilize his floor. In total, we installed eighteen SmartJack Adjustable Steel Posts, which included eight 10 ft. long Square Steel Beams. Each SmartJack Adjustable Steel Posts was installed with its own concrete cast-in-place footing. Now Mr. C can finish preparing his home to becoming a solid source of income.
"It will never be cheaper to fix than it is at this present moment."
We performed an inspection on Mr. P's home in Fremont in 2014. Our Structural Consultant spoke with Mr. P about the issues he had noticed while observing the foundation from within the crawl space. Mr. P thanked us for performing the inspection but he wasn't quite worried enough to make him decide to get the work done at that time.
Fast forward to 2022. Mr. P's foundation issues intensify, as is the usual case for problems like these; time will only make the problem worse. He calls us and tells us that he wishes that he got the work done sooner because his foundation looks way worse than it did in 2014.
After a new inspection of the updated state of the foundation, our Structural Consultant, Tony Jones drew up a new plan and quote to repair Mr. P's foundation. Mr. P still took his time reviewing the new information, but he eventually signed the new contract. Our crew installed Push Piers to lift and stabilize Mr. P's foundation and now his home is in a much better condition.
How many driveways and walkways have you walked on that weren't quite 100%? It didn't seem like much to worry about right? This is just the way of all concrete and there's not much to do about it, save for removing and replacing it entirely and waiting for the new concrete to eventually do the same thing. Not quite!
If your driveway is this bad, the chance that your foundation is unhealthy is high.
Making sure your driveway is in good health is just like making sure your teeth don't have any cavities. Leaving the cavities open allows for your teeth to get worse (Root Canal!). Leaving cracks in your driveway can have the same effect on your foundation, namely allowing storm water to seep into the ground, eventually forcing you to remove and replace the foundation the same way a dentist would for your teeth.
We have the ability to help you bring your driveway back to life by lifting it and sealing the cracks to keep your home healthy.
The homeowner had complained about rain water not draining properly. We gave her peace of mind by injecting PolyLevel Polyurethane Foam beneath the concrete to bring it back to level, allowing the rain water to reach the existing drain, and then sealing the joints with NexusPro Sealant in order to keep water from entering the space beneath the concrete, which was more than likely the reason for why it had sunk to begin with.
Wanting to put her home on the market soon, she was worried that the cracked concrete walkways around her home would be a cause for concern for potential buyers; she didn't want the value of her home to drop. By being proactive and choosing us to level and repair her cracked concrete, she can now rest assured that her home is in good shape to test the murky waters of the Real Estate Market.
On a rainy day in March, looking out the window towards his backyard, Mr. L saw that his concrete patio was angled in such a way that allowed the water to flow towards his home like a slide. He began to shake his head in disbelief that here was yet another inconvenience that he would need to spend a bunch of time and money to take care of. The entire home was built in 2002 and he knew that the concrete patio was in good-enough shape, which made him hate to think that he would have to demolish it and then repour a new patio just because of the slope issue.
But luckily, Mr. L discovered our company and our PolyLevel Polyurethane Foam technology, which helps homeowners restore their concrete without the headache and cost of replacing it.
In just a few hours, our team was able to lift the 12 ft. x 10 ft. concrete patio to ensure that water would flow away from the home during future storms. They also sealed the joints between each slab to ensure that water wouldn't be able to find it's way beneath the slabs to cause it to sink in the future.
Worried about uneven concrete that causes a tripping hazard? With an injection of Polyurethane Foam, we can help level your uneven concrete within as little as a few hours.
It was a beautiful day to lift concrete on June 14th, when we visited Mr. M and his dog. Mr. M had some square concrete slabs that were uneven to a point of ridiculousness. Mr. M's dog loved to run at full speed around the backyard and he wanted to make sure that his concrete would not cause harm.
By the end of our visit with Mr. M, we had injected Polyurethane Foam beneath 7 concrete squares, bringing each back to level.
Have you ever noticed cracks in your walls or ceiling? If so, have you ever wondered where the heck they came from?
In the case of this homeowner in Livermore--we'll call him Mr. M--the cracks on his kitchen wall were caused by the crawl space support posts within his crawl space.
During our first inspection of the home, we took elevations of the floor. The kitchen floor was lower than the rest of the home by about 1 inch. We descended into the crawl space to get a closer look. Directly beneath the kitchen floor, we noted that the crawl space support posts were in relatively good shape; the wood wasn't rotted or tilted at all. This would make one think that everything was fine and dandy, but the issue was a little lower within the soil.
The problem with wooden crawl space support posts is that they aren't adjustable. When there are changes in the soil that cause the crawl space support posts to sink, most people add shims to fill the space between the concrete footing and the wooden post like how restaurants place napkins underneath the uneven leg of a table in the hopes that they can stop it from wobbling.
To help Mr. M level his floor, we installed our Adjustable Steel Post System, with a Steel, Square Beam, along with 10 new floor joists installed directly beneath the kitchen floor in order to bring the floor back to level.
An uneven driveway isn't much of a worry for people in good health, but once you reach your elder years, it can be a huge problem.
Our Concrete Repair and Restoration specialist, Manny visited the owner of this beautiful home in Livermore to address that specific concern. She and her husband were reaching that age where a fall to the ground could turn their world upside down. She had known about the tripping hazard for 7 years before it became a problem she could no longer avoid fixing. Manny took care to inspect the driveway thoroughly so he could provide her with a quote for a solution that would put her fears at ease for good.
Before any home remodel, whether you're remodeling the entire home or just a portion of it, the first thing you should do (besides making sure you can afford the cost of a remodel) is to check the status of your foundation. The owner of this property in Dublin, California called us to perform a free foundation inspection. Our Structural Consultant, Mike Anderson performed the inspection and determined that the foundation from the front-right corner to the back-left corner was settling. That section of the foundation was about one inch lower than the rest of the foundation, (for which the front door was used as the reference point).
Mike determined that the most suitable solution to repair the foundation of this home was to install 17 push piers directly beneath the settling section of the foundation. We are currently in the middle of completing this project. By the time you read this, we will have repaired the foundation, and the homeowner will be much happier to know that they can move forward with remodeling their kitchen.
As of August 15th, 2023, this home, built in 1984, was on the market for over 3 million dollars. The seller of the home wanted to take care of some loose ends to assure a potential buyer that the home was in good shape.
Our Structural Consultant and Real Estate Division Manager, Fred, performed an inspection of the foundation which included a trek into the crawl space. During his foundation inspection, Fred discovered that several of the wooden posts that supported the floor were off-center. Any potential home buyer would have qualms about spending money on a house that had this issue; this was a problem that would not get better on its own.
Fred provided a quote for a solution to the homeowner's problem. The homeowner approved of our solution and the price and, shortly after, we pulled a permit from the City of Fremont and the work began. Over the course of a few days, our crew removed the off-center wooden posts and replaced them with our steel adjustable posts called "SmartJacks." The "SmartJacks" were bolted to the existing concrete footings. They were then adjusted to the proper height to lift the floor back to level.
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