Earthquake! How Safe Is Your Foundation?

According to California’s Brace and Bolt website, “California has two-thirds of the nation’s earthquake risk. Some 15,700 known faults crisscross the state, and more than 500 are considered active.”

On July 4th, 2019, Ridgecrest was struck by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake. As reported in a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, “Statistically speaking, only 5% of earthquakes are followed up by something worse.” Just one day after the 6.4 quake, not far from the location of the previous one, a 7.1 earthquake devastated the area. While it doesn’t seem like a much bigger earthquake, it actually equates to about 11 times stronger than the first one! Since then, Southern California has been rocked with thousands and thousands of aftershocks.

After the earthquakes, Dalinghaus Construction was flooded with inquiries from concerned Southern California residents. There were many calls from homeowners that wanted to be proactive! They wanted to take preventative measures and have their foundations inspected for a possible seismic retrofitting (for raised foundations), or underpinning (for slab on grade foundations). Some were from homeowners that had immediately reached out to their insurance carriers looking to purchase Earthquake Insurance, only to be told they needed to repairs to their foundation before they could qualify for coverage. Other homeowners called in an absolute panic! What was (before the earthquakes) seemingly minor concerns, turned into huge concerns overnight! In the blink of an eye, small hairline cracks turned into large cracks! The door that used to stick from time to time, now is completely jammed shut. 

We have found time and time again, that if a foundation concern is addressed early enough, it can save the homeowner 10’s of thousands of dollars in repairs! Here are a few tell tale signs that your home may be having foundation issues:

  1. Sticking Windows
  2. Sticking Doors
  3. Cracks From Doors and Window Frames
  4. Stair-step Cracking
  5. Leaning Chimney

If you are experiencing any of the issues listed above in your home, you can contact us to set up your free, no-obligation inspection. We will send one of our Certified Foundation Repair Specialists to your home for a complete inspection of your home’s foundation. They will be able to let you know right then and there what the condition of your foundation is. In the event that your foundation is in need of repair, our specialists will provide you a proposal, and copy of their repair plan. A lot of the times when we go out to a home, we are able to show the homeowner with black and white data that they are on a stable foundation. Whether you need a proposal, or peace of mind, we are happy to help you out.


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Justin Sexton

Justin joins the Dalinghaus Construction family with a significant background in logistics and project management. He joined the team in early 2017 as a foundation inspector, but quickly transitioned towards a marketing role. He now manages the marketing department and creates everything that you see from us digitally.

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