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House Leveling

The process of leveling a home is not an easy task so we’ve made a list of the steps you should take if you plan on doing it yourself.

  1. Consult a qualified Structural Engineer first. They will provide a detailed assessment.
  2. Determine how far the middle of the house needs to be lifted with a laser level from one end of the foundation to the other from several sides.
  3. Use concrete blocks to build a temporary post to place on firm level ground under the house.
  4. Use a hydraulic jack to lift the house then add smaller blocks to support the center of the structure at the new elevation.
  5.  Move house to rest on the temporary post when you lift it to the next lowest point.
  6. Build another temporary post and repeat.
  7. When the floor is level and stable on the temporary posts, prepare for permanent supports.

Soft Story Reinforcement

Buildings constructed of concrete suffer specific damage when earthquakes and earth shifting occur including cracking and chipping of the walls or even worse, structural failure of multi-story buildings which have soft ground floors used for parking. This type of weak concrete is referred to as Soft Story.

Technically buildings should not experience such extensive damage unless it is due to inherent weaknesses in the structural system, design, detailing, poor material quality or unsound construction practice. The procedure of Soft Story Reinforcement consists of breaking up the concrete slab, placing new reinforcement beams under the old concrete poles that hold the structure and pouring new concrete to hold the new beams to make the structure stable again.

House Bolting

Sometimes referred to as earthquake retrofitting, is the process that ties a home together. It increases the resistance to earthquake damage and decreases the risk of injury by strengthening your home. By securely fastening the house to the foundation and securely connecting the house components together, the chances of withstanding the next earthquake are greatly improved. This is achieved by installing and bolting the house to the foundation with varying styles of foundation anchors and straps. These suppress horizontal and vertical movement of the home.

Waterproofing Solution

If you start seeing water in various parts of your home it could be time to have an expert perform proper water leak testing and analysis, water infiltration testing and/or water leak detection in your concrete foundation
 which can lead to severe damage in your home’s structure over time. Repairing these areas and waterproofing your decks, balconies and roofs can help protect your home and maintain the value of your property long term. Experts have the special equipment to test and repair these problems to ensure the safest and most proper solution.

Post & Pier Reinforcement

A post and pier foundation involves wood posts or concrete piers set into the ground and bearing the weight of the building on foundation beams. This solution is best for building sites with a low likelihood of earthquake or hurricane force winds because the house is not as deeply or as heavily embedded into the ground. For houses in stable, solid soil, a post and pier foundation can serve well and last as long as the building above it. With modern materials such as pressure treated wood and preformed metal brackets and straps, this old style foundation is both easier to build and stronger than ever before.

The most common problem with post and pier foundations during an earthquake is the tendency of posts to shift off piers and beams to shift off posts. Failure at either of these points can cause the substructure, and sometimes the entire house to collapse. Some steps can be taken to strengthen post and pier foundations such as bolting posts to piers and beams. Lateral support can be accomplished by installing 2” x 4”s as diagonal bracing from one post to the next. Pre-drilled steel T-straps are recommended for attaching beams to posts.

For attaching posts to piers, pre-drilled, shop-fabricated, heavy gauge, bent sheet metal connectors are recommended. Strong indication of the need for additional support include unleveled floors, broken floor tiles, sloping floors, bumps in carpet, cracks around windows and door frames or sticky doors and windows that are difficult to open and close.

If all of this seems too daunting to tackle, there are professionals in your local area you can call that are well versed in this procedure. For safety reasons alone, it may be a good idea to consider letting an expert level your house. Their experience can save you time and ensure the job is done properly leaving the dangerous job to them.

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