Sunday, August 7, 2016

Julian Construction Advises Public How to Protect Your Foundation in the Summer

LOS ANGELES: Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com), a foundation repair and construction company in Los Angeles, shares some tips on protecting your foundation in the summer.

Hot summer weather brings with it a unique set of potential problems for your home’s foundation, that can end up costing thousands to repair.

Here are a few ways you can protect your foundation when the mercury rises.
  • “Regularly inspect the outside of your home. Check for signs of foundation damage such as cracks and sticking doors, but also check and make sure any brick, vinyl, siding, or wood on the exterior is at least six inches above the bottom of the foundation. Dirt and leaves can make this clearance insufficient and allow moisture into your foundation.
  • “Make sure water doesn’t pool anywhere near your foundation. Check after a summer storm or after watering the foundation (see # 5). If you do find water pooling in an area, remove it and fill the spot in with dirt to keep it from happening again.
  • “Clean and inspect the gutters regularly. Debris and faulty gutters can cause water to collect where it can cause water damage. When you clear the gutters, dispose of the debris properly. If you leave it on the ground it can cause pooling.
  • “Maintain foliage around the home. Cut back vines and foliage on your home. An overgrowth can prevent proper airflow and lead to water damage.
  • “And lastly, if you have clay soil on your property, extreme heat can cause the soil to dry out, shifting the foundation and leading to foundation damage. You can prevent this by lightly watering the soil around your foundation regularly and maintaining the moisture level.
Julian De La Torre, founder and owner of Julian Construction, stated: “Keeping your home’s foundation in good repair is so important, it’s the first thing we look at when we go to a home with structural problems. And maintaining the foundation will prevent more serious problems from occurring in the future. Always get your home inspected on a regular basis. It’s important for the safety of your home.”

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, http://www.julianconstruction.com. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog, at http://julianconstruction.com/blog/

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Do You Need to Water Your Foundation?

Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com) a foundation repair and construction company in Los Angeles, explains when and how to water your home’s foundation, and most importantly, why.

Clay soils expand when they absorb water, and shrink when they dry out. If your home is built in an area with clay soil your home could be at risk of foundation damage caused by seasonal changes in the weather. Clay soil tends to retain water and expand in winter and spring, and dry out and shrink in the summer, especially during a prolonged drought.

All of that expansion and contraction can cause foundation stress when the foundation tries to bend in ways that it can’t, and can lead to different types of foundation damage including; cracks in walls, sloping floors, sticking doors and windows, and damage to plumbing or electrical wiring.

One way that you can halt this type of foundation-damage causing action is by maintaining the moisture level of the soil under and immediately surrounding your home. If the moisture level is consistent, there won’t be any expansion and contraction motion shifting or damaging the foundation.
One way to achieve this is a buried foundation watering system, like a larger version of a drip irrigation system. You can also use a soaker hose- either above ground or buried about three inches deep. Soaker hoses are much less expensive than a buried foundation watering system, but still very effective. Another option is to use a hand-held hose, but you’ll have to be patient- it can take a while to water the area thoroughly.

Make sure you keep the water source 6”-12” away from the foundation to give it a chance to spread out evenly. Keep an eye out for signs of foundation damage, and if you find any contact a local foundation company to help take care of the problems.


Julian De La Torre, founder and owner of Julian Construction, stated: “Keeping your home’s foundation in good repair is so important, it’s the first thing we look at when we go to a home with structural problems. And maintaining the foundation will prevent more serious problems from occurring in the future. Always get your home inspected on a regular basis. It’s important for the safety of your home.”

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, http://julianconstruction.com. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog, at http://julianconstruction.com/blog/

JulianConstruction.com: Building a Retaining Wall

By Julian De La Torre

Retaining walls have many uses. Throughout history, they have been built to create agricultural terraces on slopes of land. They have also been used to reduce the flow of rainwater.

Today, retaining walls are primarily a protective structure used to prevent soil erosion, flooding, property or structural damage. They can also be used to create more usable space and reduce maintenance.
Some retraining walls are built simply to create a more aesthetic environment.

Retaining walls can be constructed with many different types of materials, including concrete, steel, stone, brick, composites, wood and even glass.

There are also various kinds of retaining walls, including anchored walls, sheet pile walls, gravity walls and cantilevers.

Anchored walls are complex restraining walls built with cables. The cables are anchored into the soil or rock behind the wall. Anchored walls are used when a wall needs extra support to restrain the load.

Sheet piling walls are used in cases where the space is tight or the soil is soft. The wall is created by connecting panels of steel, but vinyl and wood can also be used.

Gravity restraining walls, which are built using stone, concrete or other types of heavy materials, use their own weight to keep soil from moving. The wall is constructed leaning backwards toward the soil.

Cantilever walls are used to hold back a large amount of soil. They are made with steel-reinforced concrete that rests on a slab foundation. Less material is needed to build a cantilever wall than a gravity wall.

We’ve constructed many different types of restraining walls and can give you some tips and advice on the type of wall needed for your project. Give us a call for a free consultation. We’ll inspect your property and come up with a great plan for the perfect restraining wall.


Julian De La Torre, expert foundation contractor in Los Angeles foundation repair, house leveling & foundation inspection (Los Angeles) and founder of Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com) in Los Angeles, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms & local departments of building & safety. The company has done more home foundation repair and soft story retrofit (Los Angeles) than any other company in the area over the last five years (http://julianconstruction.com/services/retaining-walls/). Julian Construction owns its own company and is a "no middlemen" model--no salesmen or subcontractors--you get the principals of the company & its workers under your home. Learn more about Julian Construction at http://losangelesfoundationrepair.us/.

See their video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI6-SXw6Z1c. Visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Julian-Construction-99434631315/?fref=ts

Friday, July 1, 2016

Retrofitting Soft-Story Buildings

by Julian De La Torre

Most California homes and buildings will need earthquake retrofitting to prevent damage or complete failure during seismic activity.

The City of Los Angeles currently considers the following structures the most vulnerable during a quake:
  • A wood frame building with 2 or more stories
  • Any structure built before January 1, 1978, when new building codes were adopted
  • A building with a lower level parking garage or comparable open floor space (soft-story).

A soft-story building is a multi-story structure with a weak first floor. The weakness is caused by large windows and doors around the perimeter of the floor, and/or big, open spaces inside. A common type of soft-story structure is an apartment building or retail business constructed on top of a parking garage. Other types of soft-story structures include office buildings with large 1st floor lobbies and ground-floor retail stores with wide windows and entrances.

Damage reports from several recent earthquakes noted that, in many cases, almost half the buildings that collapsed or were severely damaged during the quake were soft-story.

The primary reason for soft-story failure is the building’s inability to withstand the side-to-side push that can come from an earthquake. Once the weaker first floor destabilizes, the remaining floors will start to collapse.

In the Los Angeles area alone, there are tens of thousands of soft-story structures. All of these building will need retrofitting to prevent failure when the ground starts to shake.

The purpose of retrofitting for earthquakes is to simply strengthen the structure so it can withstand lateral movement. The process begins with a foundation inspection to determine what kind of retrofitting is needed. Shear walls, steel frames and plywood can be added for extra support.

We’ve done many soft story retrofits in Los Angeles and California to minimize damage and personal injury during an earthquake. If you own a soft-story structure that hasn’t been retrofitted, we’ll inspect your property and come up with a plan to make it earthquake ready.


Julian De La Torre, expert in Los Angeles foundation repair, house leveling & foundation inspection (Los Angeles) and founder of Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com) in Los Angeles, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms & local departments of building & safety. The company has done more home foundation repair and soft story retrofit (Los Angeles) than any other company in the area over the last five years (http://julianconstruction.com/services/earthquake-retrofitting-or-house-bolting/). Julian Construction owns its own company and is a "no middlemen" model--no salesmen or subcontractors--you get the principals of the company & its workers under your home. Learn more about Julian Construction at http://www.anchorla.com/

See their video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I8j7dXzpj4. Visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Julian-Construction-99434631315/?fref=ts

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Julian Construction Offers House Leveling

LOS ANGELES, CA: Julian Construction, Inc., (http://www.julianconstruction.com), a foundation repair and construction company in Los Angeles, offers house leveling services.

The purpose of a foundation is to support and spread the weight of the structure that sits on top of it. A foundation can become damaged due to poor soil conditions, moisture and foliage. Foundation problems can cause a house to fall out of level (parts of the foundation are lower or higher than others). This can cause cracks in walls, “soft” spots in floors, doors and windows that stick, bowed walls, and of course sloping floors.

The house leveling process varies depending on the type of foundation, but generally, the technician will go beneath the house and work section-by-section raising the house with a hydraulic or screw jack and inserting shims (thin pieces of wood or metal) to adjust the level of each area. When they’re done, you will have a straighter, stronger, more stable home and can then fix any cosmetic issues that were caused by the house not being level.

Julian De La Torre, founder and owner of Julian Construction, stated: “Many people who have non-level floors in their home, just live with the problem for years or decades. A floor that is not level can be made level, improving the quality of life for all the residents of that home. An inspection by a foundation specialist can tell you what can be done and what the expense will be. Often the expense is less than you might think, or financing can help.”

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. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog, at http://julianconstruction.com/blog/

How to Tell If Your Foundation is Damaged

Los Angeles Foundation Contractor shares warning signs of foundation damage

Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com) a foundation repair and foundation construction company in Los Angeles, shares some information on how to tell if your home’s foundation is damaged.

The signs of a damaged foundation aren’t always obvious, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Some of the signs of foundation damage that you should look for include:

  • Sloping, or dipped floors, especially if the height difference is more than an inch over a distance of 15-20 feet.
  • Cracks in interior drywall
  • Cracks on exterior surfaces including stucco or brick.
  • Uneven walls or floors. If you push a squared piece of furniture up flush against the wall, and notice a gap at the top or bottom edge, this can be a sign of floors that are not level or a damaged foundation.
  • Drywall curving inward or outward. One indication is nails popping out of the wall, but you can also check with a vertical level.
  • Gaps in the caulking around windows.
  • “Sticky” doors and windows. A shift in the foundation can prevent them from opening and closing properly.
  • Wrinkled wallpaper
  • Soft spots in the ground around your house.

If you notice any of the issues mentioned above, you won’t necessarily have to replace your foundation. It is often possible to repair milder foundation damage, preventing further damage and leaving your home’s foundation stronger than before. Find a local foundation contractor that specializes in foundation repair and replacement in your area.

Julian De La Torre, founder and owner of Julian Construction, stated: “Keeping your home’s foundation in good repair is so important, it’s the first thing we look at when we go to a home with structural problems. And maintaining the foundation will prevent more serious problems from occurring in the future. Always get your home’s foundation inspected on a regular basis. It’s important for the safety of your home.”

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. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog, at http://julianconstruction.com/blog/

Friday, May 27, 2016

Julian Construction: Interior Moisture Can Damage Your Foundation

LOS ANGELES, CA: Interior moisture can cause significant damage to a foundation says Julian De La Torre, owner of Julian Construction, Inc., (http://www.julianconstruction.com), a foundation repair and construction company in Los Angeles.

“When water enters a home, even if it’s just in the atmosphere, it can lead to foundation problems that can end up requiring extensive repairs,” says De La Torre.

Interior water can come from many different sources such as sinks, tubs, showers and toilets. During the winter, moisture can get trapped inside a home or building by insulation, caulking and weather stripping.

Indicators of water problems include dark spots, mold, mildew, peeling paint and surface areas that have either started cracking, crumbling, warping or buckling. Drywall that is soft, spongy or swelling along the edges and seams are also signs of water issues.

When water seeps into the basement, it can start to weaken the structure’s foundation by penetrating cracks. It can also soften the soil around or beneath the foundation which will reduce the foundation’s load bearing capacity.

“Regular inspections can help you avoid foundation trouble,” says De La Torre, who adds that it’s also important to identify the source of the problem, not just fix it.

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. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog, at http://julianconstruction.com/blog/ or http://quakeproofers.com/blog/.