Even Mild Earthquakes Can Mess with Your Foundation


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Posted By: bayarea on 17th March 2014 Category: Foundation Repair

What Can Those Tremors Do to your Bay Area Home?

Earthquakes and foundation damageLiving in California and the Bay Area, there is a high likelihood that an earthquake, even a small one, will cause your home’s foundation to become weakened. When the ground shakes, buildings respond to the accelerations transmitted from the ground through the structure’s foundation. The shaking can cause shearing of the structure which will concentrate on weak walls or joints in the structure resulting foundation failure. Even the smallest of earthquakes can be an issue for you and your home’s foundation. If a foundation is not supported, it can move, weaken and crack.

Bay Area Underpinning, with its headquarters in Vallejo, California and serving the Bay Area, can make sure that your home’s foundation is secure and protect it against the earthquakes that can occur in this area. We use underpinning products made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufacturer of foundation repair products in the industry.

Our underpinning products include resistance piers, push piers, helical piers, and slab piers. These products will stabilize your foundation and keep it safe from small earthquakes like the one that happened today, March 17, 2014. This 4.4 magnitude earthquake could have caused your foundation to shift. Some of the signs to look for in foundation failure are:

If you see any of these signs of foundation shifting or failure, the professionals at Bay Area Underpinning can help.

What to Do About Foundation Earthquake Damage in California

The professionals at Bay Area Underpinning can fix your foundation by using resistance piers. These piers are foundation repair in the Bay Areadriven deep into the soil to support structures from the interior and exterior of the foundation, bypassing active soil. These piers are well known for being the strongest and deepest driving pier system around.

This is a two-step system that drives the steel piers into verified bearing stratum. When it reaches the load-bearing soils, a hydraulic lifting system is put into play and the foundation is restored to its original elevation and provides stability to your home.

Helical piers are an excellent choice for foundation repair and stabilization when light structural loads, unstable rock basements or very deep load-bearing layers are present. Only a professional contractor can install these underpinning products. The professionals at Bay Area Underpinning have the experience and use the best products available for your foundation underpinning needs.

Don’t let your foundation problems go unattended. The sooner the problem is noticed and fixed, the safer you and your family will be. Bay Area Underpinning is the recognized leader in the foundation repair industry in the Northern California area.

We are locally owned and operated, headquartered in Vallejo, CA and we serve the entire Bay Area including Lafayette. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you are concerned with your foundation especially after experiencing a small earthquake. This can affect your foundation and the structure of your home.

Let Bay Area Underpinning inspect your home for foundation failure and offer you the best solution for your repair needs. Contact us today!