Project Description

Customer: Daniel Frazier
San Clemente, CA 92672

Why did the customer contact Dalinghaus Construction?

Mr. Frazier contacted Dalinghaus Construction after purchasing a beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival style home within walking distance to the beach in San Clemente. Before purchasing the home, a standard home inspection was performed and Mr. Frazier was advised to have a foundation specialist perform an inspection on the new to him 1930’s home.

After scheduling an inspection with one of our knowledgeable Project Consultants, we found visible cracking on both the interior and exterior brick and mortar walls. With a few visible signs of foundations settlement present, our Project Consultant brought out his Ziplevel altimeter in order to measure any changes in elevation. Along the southern wall of the house, there was a measurable drop of 2.2 inches in elevation over an approximate span of 20 feet.

What solutions did Dalinghaus Construction provide?

At the end of the inspection, our Project Consultant put together a repair plan and proposal for Mr. Frazier. The repair plan consisted of eight push piers to attempt to raise the home, raising and shimming of current post and pads after lifting the home, and a geotechnical engineering recommendation to test the soils below the home.

Once Mr. Frazier received a second proposal, he decided to move forward with Dalinghaus Construction’s repair plan and get the project scheduled. Our production team spent the first day digging and prepping the push pier locations, and the second day was spent installing the push pier brackets to the foundation’s footing along with hydraulically driving the galvanized steel piers to load-bearing strata. The third, and final, day was used to lift the house off of the steel piers that were previously driven into the soil below the foundation and adjusting the home’s posts and pads once the crew lifted the home to a maximum practical recovery. Not only was our crew able to lift the home close to its original elevation, but Mr. Frazier will no longer need to worry about that area of his home settling with the home’s weight being transferred to the newly installed steel push piers.