Customer: Dane D.

Location: Long Beach, CA

Project Consultant: Armando Sandoval

 

Why did customer contact Dalinghaus Construction?

Dane contacted us on Yelp. He had already had a foundation contractor come out to the Long Beach home to do the initial inspection while he was negotiating the purchase of the home. The home was built in the 1920’s, and according to Dane “definitely needs some work done”. He was gathering quotes from multiple contractors to compare costs, was eager to move forward with having the permits pulled, and wanted to start work as soon as possible.

 

What solutions did Dalinghaus Construction provide?

Our Project Consultant, Armando Sandoval met Dane at the home for an onsite evaluation. Armando got right to work doing a complete foundation inspection. This involved collecting elevation data by taking multiple readings throughout the home with a ziplevel altimeter, and measuring how high or low the foundation has shifted. Next, Armando did an inspection of the crawlspace, and took a series of photos under home. Once Armando had collected all of his data, he went over his findings with Dane. He found that there was a 2 inch drop in the center of the home. Armando recommended for the repair of the crawlspace a total of 16 wood posts, and 5 Crawlspace Jacks. In addition to repairing the home, Dane wanted to take additional steps to protect the investment of repairing the foundation of his almost 100 year old home, and wanted to know what he could do to protect it for years to come. Armando gave him the option to do a Seismic Retrofit of the home. It involves placing Universal Foundation Plates every 6’ around the perimeter of the home, and anchors the home to the sill plate. This makes the home more resistant to seismic activity due to earthquakes. Dane decided he wanted to retrofit the home as well, and scheduled the work to be done.

 

 This home had a very shallow crawlspace, therefore we needed to cut through the subfloor to create an opening to the inaccessible area. Once the crew had access, they started by installing the Simpson Strong-Tie Universal Foundation Plates every 6’ around the 130’ perimeter. Next, they excavated and leveled pads where the new posts and pads were to be placed. Then the Crawlspace Jacks were installed and lifted. Once all the Crawlspace Jacks were in, the crew installed the 8”x8” precast concrete pier pads, and the 4”x 4” wood posts. The posts were then secured the girder beam. Finally, the crew replaced the floor cut out that was made to access the work area.