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Foundation Repair In Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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One of the major planned cities in Southern California, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, is a private residential community ideal for families to live in and a place for businesses to thrive. There are plenty of things to do such as golf, visit wilderness parks, and be part of workshops at the sanctuary in Trabuco Canyon.

While it’s a planned neighborhood for residential and commercial property owners to thrive, Sancho Santa Margarita, CA, is susceptible to foundation, crawlspace, and retaining wall issues.

But don’t worry. You don’t need to deal with these problems on your own, especially when you have foundation repair contractors that are licensed and qualified to make those repairs. Dalinghaus Construction has completed over 2,300 foundation repair projects since 2015, working in Southern California, Arizona, and Nevada. Residential and commercial property owners have come to us as their trusted and experienced foundation repair contractor that can handle any job thrown at us.

Signs of foundation and retaining wall issues in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Before reaching out to a foundation repair contractor, make sure you find more than one of these signs. One sign doesn’t necessarily mean you have foundation issues. Look for these signs.

Crawlspace issues make themselves present in the form of sagging floors due to either A) deteriorating wood holding your floor or B) your posts and pads are failing to hold up your floor.

You’ll be aware you have issues with your retaining wall when you see it start to bow, buckle, lean, or crack. This is due to lateral movement and hydrostatic pressure building up behind your retaining wall.

You have plenty of clay, gravel, and sandy loam soils in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. Clay is susceptible to expansion or shrinkage depending on the amount of moisture present, the temperature, and other environmental factors. When there is a lack of moisture, shrinkage happened, causing the area of a structure on your property to slowly sink into the soil and cause damage to the interior and exterior.

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, you should contact a qualified and licensed foundation repair contractor to do an inspection and provide a solution to solve your problem. Dalinghaus Construction is willing to help you with your foundation or retaining wall issue.

How does the foundation repair process go in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA?

The first portion of your foundation repair process starts with a 60-90 minute inspection of your foundation or retaining wall with one of our Project Design Specialists. Your specialist will go around to look for any signs of damage, take measurements, and create a scaled drawing of your property. That way we can figure out what your property is experiencing and later come up with a plan for how to fix your problem.

You’ll then receive a foundation repair plan on the day of or after your inspection took place. You will receive a full report on what was found during your inspection, a CAD drawing of your property, and the recommended foundation repair plan.

And if you’ve decided to move forward with your foundation or retaining wall repair (maybe both), you’ll have your project finally scheduled. Your repair will be underway and completed so these problems are things you no longer have to think about.

Common Methods for foundation repair in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

There are many foundation repair methods used for foundation stabilization, whether it’s through concrete or galvanized steel underpinning. Dalinghaus Construction uses galvanized steel Push pier and Helical pier underpinning systems, which are excellent when it comes to foundation stabilization and more affordable than other methods.

Both Galvanized steel foundation repair methods can be used for the bonus of foundation leveling, which involves lifting the area of your home or business affected by settlement and bringing it to maximum practical recovery. The main difference between Push piers and Helical piers, other than design, is how they’re driven into the soil.

Push piers use the weight of your residential or commercial building to be hydraulically driven into the soil until reaching competent soil or bedrock.

If your building is too light for Push piers, Helical piers have screw-like blades at the base that allow them to be driven into the soil separate from the building until reaching competent soil or the recommended torque. They are then attached to retrofit brackets that are bolted onto your foundation.

You could be dealing with soil erosion or you decided to lift your home or business. Either way, there are voids in the soil that need to be filled using Polyurethane foam, which is used for void fill, soil strengthening, and can be used for releveling. Polyurethane is rapidly expansive, cures in 15 minutes, can be as hard as concrete when under enough pressure, and is environmentally safe.

Finally, crawlspace repair will happen to prevent your floors from continuously sagging. The way we do this is by having a production team go into your crawlspace to either replace deteriorated wood like girder beams or put crawlspace jacks in to hold up your floor.

How do you do retaining wall repair?

It’s important to stabilize your hillside so your property isn’t affected by the lateral movement of the soil. When your retaining wall is dealing with hydrostatic pressure, weep holes can be retrofitted to allow moisture to escape.

There are also Helical tiebacks that are installed by going through your retaining wall and driven into competent soil or the recommended torque. They’re like Helical piers, except they stabilize from lateral movement instead of downward. They’re then anchored to your retaining wall.

Reasons for foundation repair, crawlspace repair, and retaining wall repair in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA


If you intend to keep your residential or commercial property cosmetically appealing, foundation issues act as an antagonistic force. Foundation repair prevents your building from suffering further cosmetic issues. The damages can be addressed without them coming back because of your foundation.


The damages can become structural later if you delay your foundation repair long enough, which puts your property at risk of being red-tagged.


Foundation issues on your property are not the same as a cut on the human body. They don’t heal without some form of intervention. They tend to become worse. Foundation repair allows you to take care of damages on your property.


If you’ve noticed it’s difficult to open windows, close doors, and your floors feel sloped, it’s because of foundation settlement. If you want to take care of those issues permanently, foundation repair is the way to go.

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The floors of your raised foundation with a crawlspace feel as though they’re sagging. It’s because something in your crawlspace is failing. You can have crawlspace repair done to have your floors feel normal as though nothing was wrong at all.


Retaining wall repair is important for hillside stabilization, keeping the soil where it’s at. If that isn’t done, the soil can shift and cause damage to your property.


Foundation, crawlspace, and hillside issues need to be disclosed for legal reasons if you want to put your residential or commercial property on the market. This curbs your buyer base and can bring the full value of your property down by 30% when you’re likely to be limited to Cash Buyers.


The integrity of your foundation, crawlspace, and retaining wall is essential to ensure the longevity, value, and stability of your property. It makes sense. Your residential or commercial property is one of the top investments in your life.

If you’re having any of these issues, make sure to schedule your foundation inspection!

If you’re looking to keep your property safe from further damages and to maintain its full value, foundation, crawlspace, and retaining wall repair would benefit you. You can help maintain the integrity and longevity of your property.

Protect your residential or commercial property – one of your top investments in life – from these issues.

Dalinghaus Construction is here to help. You can go online or call (877)360-9277 to schedule a foundation inspection today.

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