Earthquake Safety Tips for 2019

Posted February 15, 2019, under Blog

There’s nothing better than starting off a new year by accomplishing new tasks. A task that every homeowner should be preparing for is earthquake safety. Los Angeles marked a major milestone in January with the launch of their very own earthquake warning app which will …

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Vulnerable Steel-Framed Skyscrapers Still Ignored Under LA’s Mandatory Retrofits

Posted January 25, 2019, under Blog

Many of Los Angeles’s steel-framed skyscrapers were built far before the devastating Northridge earthquake of ’94. The same earthquake that saw the destruction of apartment buildings, commercial buildings, freeways and homes throughout Los Angeles. “Us engineers, we wish we could go back in time and …

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The Northridge Earthquake – 25 Year Anniversary

Posted January 17, 2019, under Blog

If you’ve grown up in Los Angeles, the Northridge Earthquake is a memory that’s hard to shake. On January 17, 1994 a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the San Fernando Valley at 4:31 am. The devastating temblor killed more than 60 Angelinos, injured some 9,000 people …

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LA’s Early Earthquake Warning App Now Available

Posted January 4, 2019, under Blog

The long-awaited ShakeAlertLA app is finally here! The app functions as an early earthquake warning system, notifying users up to one minute before a large earthquake occurs. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made the official announcement on Thursday. “Angelenos should have every chance to protect …

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Common Foundation Problems in California

Posted December 28, 2018, under Blog

The climate of your location plays a big part in the type of foundation your home will have. California is primarily known for its Mediterranean climate, which means that it has dry, hot summers and cooler and rainy winters. Because of these changing conditions, a …

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Oakland Considering Requiring Landlords to Retrofit Vulnerable Apartment Buildings

Posted December 21, 2018, under Blog

Oakland is ready to get serious about earthquake safety. The city is considering passing new legislation that would require hundreds of vulnerable apartment structures to be retrofitted by owners. Like Los Angeles, the mandate would require the seismic retrofit of soft-story residential buildings that are …

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7.0 Earthquake Rocks the State of Alaska

Posted November 30, 2018, under Blog

Friday morning, a massive earthquake – 7.0 in magnitude – hit Alaska. The earthquake, which was felt throughout the state, was centered just 5 miles outside of Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. “It was anarchy,” Brandon Slaton, a resident of Kenai, Alaska, told the Associated Press. …

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Sloping Floors and Foundation Issues

Posted November 29, 2018, under Blog

There are several issues that can cause sloping floors in your home. Sloping floors are typically a sign of foundation issues. Foundation issues are common in older homes that have been constructed with weak foundations or properties that have been built on poorly compacted soil. …

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Adding A Sister Foundation to Masonry and Stone Foundations

Posted November 14, 2018, under Uncategorized

There are a variety of reasons your Los Angeles-based home may experience foundation issues and need a sister foundation. Typically, foundation problems occur from poor construction, materials, the age of the home, the climate of the region and seismic activity in the area. Masonry and …

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