Process Reinforces an Existing Foundation When Needed Due to Home Additions or Soil Settling
Julian Construction (www.julianconstruction.com), a construction company in the Los Angeles area that specializes in foundation repair, is offering foundation underpinning services to homeowners and commercial building owners in the Los Angeles.
In construction, underpinning is the process of strengthening and stabilizing the foundation of an existing home, building or other structure. Underpinning is accomplished by extending the foundation in width or in depth, so that it either rests on a more supportive level of soil, or distributes its load across a wider area. Underpinning may be necessary for any of several reasons:
* The original foundation is simply not strong or stable enough to support the building
* The usage of the building has changed
* The properties of the soil supporting the foundation may have changed or were mis-estimated during the original planning
* The construction of nearby structures has necessitated the excavation of soil supporting existing foundations, thus weakening those foundations
* It is more economical, such as due to land prices, to work on and reinforce the present structure's foundation than to build a new one
Julian Construction founder Julian De La Torre stated “There are various reasons for foundation underpinning, including to support the additional loads of a second-story addition. In some cases the existing foundation has settled or rotated at certain points and in other cases the interior configuration is modified, resulting in the removal or change of load-bearing walls. It should be noted that each foundation underpinning is unique and should be designed by a professional engineer or an architect. At Julian Construction we can review plans or obtain the engineering necessary for your project and complete the repair.”
Julian De La Torre has been doing earthquake retrofitting since the early 1990s and has personally worked on over 6,600 homes in Southern California. With this unmatched experience in the substructure areas of a home, Julian formed Julian Construction in 2001 with the goal of making safer homes, apartments and commercial properties throughout Southern California. His partner Shawn Kyles has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with both engineering firms and local departments of building and safety, and is an expert in foundation repair and house bolting. Julian Construction owns its own company and is built on a “no middlemen” model - no salesmen, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323 733-3377, by fax at 323 733-4477 or via their website, www.julianconstruction.com.