San Gabriel, CA, is a wonderful place for residents to live and businesses to be located (especially restaurants). It’s also an area that can be troublesome to residential and commercial property owners like yourself to deal with foundation, crawlspace, and, even with the lack of hills in the area, retaining wall issues.
You can thankfully still enjoy the beautiful churches in the San Gabriel, CA, area, the rich history, and the markets to buy from, especially when you have reliable and trusted foundation repair contractors that can help with these issues and provide you peace of mind.
Dalinghaus Construction has been in the foundation repair business since 2015, offering over 2,300 services in foundation, crawlspace, and retaining wall repair. We specialize in foundation stabilization, foundation leveling, deep injection with Polyurethane foam, crawlspace repair, and retaining wall repair. Our team of experienced professionals can take on any project of any size, completing it with the reliability and accuracy you can count on.
Signs of foundation, crawlspace, and retaining wall issues to look for at your property in San Gabriel, CA
If you see one of these signs, you should also look for the rest on this list. One sign might be isolated from your foundation’s integrity. It’s when you see more than one that you should contact a licensed and qualified foundation repair contractor.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to go into your crawlspace to know there are issues in there. You can feel it on your floor as you can feel and possibly see your floor sag. The reason for this is either because the wood holding up your floor is deteriorating or the posts and pads aren’t doing their job in offering support.
You’ll notice your retaining wall fail when you notice it starting to bow, buckle, lean, and sometimes crack. This is because your retaining wall is failing to hold back laterally moving soil, mainly from water building up from behind and adding more pressure.
You have a mix of clay and sandy soils in San Gabriel, CA, which brings about a “fun” amount of foundation issues. Clay soil in particular is expansive depending on the amount of moisture present, temperature, and other environmental issues. With how little rain Southern California receives, clay soil will shrink, causing foundation settlement, meaning an area of your home or business is slowly sinking into the ground. And sandy soil can erode, which also results in foundation settlement.
You want a professional to come out to address these conditions. Dalinghaus Construction can come to inspect your property and offer you quality foundation, crawlspace, and retaining wall repair solutions.
The foundation repair process in San Gabriel, CA?
We make this process simple and make sure you have transparency every step of the way. The first step will be a 60-90 minute foundation inspection on your property with one of our Project Design Specialists. Foundation inspections also include looking at your crawlspace or retaining wall. It depends on what you want us to look at and what the Project Design Specialist notices.
Your specialist will look around your property to look for any signs of foundation, crawlspace, or retaining wall issues. They’ll also create a scaled drawing of your property with floor elevation measurements to find the area affected by these issues and later create a repair plan.
Foundation inspections are free, except for properties on the market. Those are $1,000, which is credited toward your repair.
The next step happens either the day of or after your initial foundation inspection. You’ll receive a foundation repair plan from your specialist, which includes a full report on what was found, a CAD drawing of your property, and the recommended plan best suited for your needs. It’s up to you whether or not to proceed with your foundation, crawlspace, or retaining wall repair.
If you agree to continue with the repair, you will have a scheduled day your project will start. Your repair will be complete, making foundation, crawlspace, or retaining wall issues a thing of the past.
Foundation and Crawlspace repair methods in San Gabriel, CA?
Many foundation repair companies in Los Angeles County like to use concrete underpinnings to stabilize your residential or commercial structure, which can be expensive, ineffective, and cost more depending on what you do for your underpinning.
Dalinghaus Construction uses galvanized steel Push pier and Helical pier underpinning systems, which are effective at foundation stability, a more cost-efficient method of foundation repair, and can both be used for foundation leveling, which means the area of your home or business is lifted to maximum practical recovery.
Both galvanized steel piering systems serve the same purpose. The difference is that the piers are driven into the soil differently based on their designs.
Push piers are galvanized steel tubes that are hydraulically driven into the ground using the weight of your structure until reaching competent soil or bedrock.
Helical piers have helices at the base that allow them to be put into the ground like a screw using a helical torque motor. They’re used when a building is too light for Push piers, being driven in separately and attached to retrofit brackets after reaching competent soil or the recommended torque.
Whether you’re dealing with soil erosion or you went with foundation leveling for your repair, the soil underneath your slab-on-grade home or business needs to be strengthened by filling in voids. We will use deep injection with Polyurethane foam for void filling, soil densification, and can be used for releveling a structure. Polyurethane foam rapidly expands, cures in 15 minutes, is very light, can be as hard as concrete when under enough pressure, and is environmentally friendly.
Crawlspace repair happens when one of our production teams shores up your crawlspace and either A) replaces the deteriorating wood-like girder beams that hold up your home and/or B) put in crawlspace jacks to hold up your floor. It will be wonderful when your floor feels as though a problem didn’t previously exist.
Methods for retaining wall repair
The majority of the time retaining walls fail because moisture builds up and causes more hydrostatic pressure. Weep holes can be retrofitted to allow moisture to escape and relieve the amount of weight on your wall.
For hillside stabilization and to reinforce your retaining wall, Helical tiebacks will be put in by putting holes in your retaining wall and driving them into the soil until reaching competent soil or the recommended torque. Think of them like Helical piers, except they prevent lateral movement. They’re then anchored to your retaining wall to provide the necessary reinforcement for hillside stabilization.
Reasons for foundation, crawlspace, and retaining wall repair San Gabriel, CA?
You’ll know your property is dealing with foundation issues when your structure throws a fit in the form of cosmetic damage. You can take care of those cracks and gaps after your foundation repair without worrying about them coming back due to foundation issues.
Neglect of your foundation issues over time can cause the damages to go from cosmetic to structural, which can put your home or business at risk of being red-tagged.
Foundation, crawlspace, and retaining wall issues need to be taken care of by someone; preferably a professional who does the job. These issues don’t heal themselves on their own. That would be cool, but unfortunately, you’ll need a repair.
You want these repairs so your day-to-day isn’t affected. Sagging floors, sticking windows and doors, and sloping floors, while minor, are an inconvenience.
If you want your floors to feel like they’re properly supporting your body as you go around your home, get rid of that sagging with crawlspace repair. You don’t need that hazard in your home or business.
For the sake of your property, keep your hillside stabilized and reinforce your retaining wall. Lateral movement of the soil is still shifting which can affect your home or business in the form of more cosmetic damage. Retaining wall repair goes a long way to your benefit.
If you want to put your property on the market, you have to legally disclose these types of damages. Banks are less likely to give loans, meaning you’re limited to cash buyers who can negotiate the price of your property down by 30%.
Your residential or commercial property in San Gabriel, CA, is one of your top investments in life. Foundation, crawlspace, and retaining wall repair help aid in the longevity, stability, and value of your property.
Next up - schedule your foundation inspection
Make sure your foundation, crawlspace, and retaining wall issues are a thing of the past for the sake of making sure your property can last longer than you do.
To start with a foundation inspection of your property in San Gabriel, CA, you can contact Dalinghaus Construction to have one of our Project Design Specialists come out.
You can go online or call (877)360-9277 to schedule a foundation inspection today.