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15 September

Greater Los Angeles Cities Soft Story Seismic Retrofit Programs

2021-09-16T13:28:38-07:00

Homeowners and owners of “Soft Story” commercial properties know that they have an urgent need to retrofit their buildings to safeguard them from the destructive forces of earthquakes.  Soft-story structures are multi-story buildings that have large open spaces on their first or second floors, instead of walls that are typically required as part of a stable earthquake engineering design (one example is an apartment building’s [...]

Greater Los Angeles Cities Soft Story Seismic Retrofit Programs2021-09-16T13:28:38-07:00
1 September

What is the average Los Angeles soft-story retrofitting cost?

2021-09-01T09:34:46-07:00

In some of our previous blogs (see links at the end of this page) we discussed the mandatory requirements of the City of Los Angeles’ soft story retrofitting program, which identifies buildings vulnerable to structural failure from the effects of an earthquake.  In this blog, we discuss the potential cost of soft-story retrofitting! What are “soft-story” buildings?  Soft-story buildings are multi-story structures that have one [...]

What is the average Los Angeles soft-story retrofitting cost?2021-09-01T09:34:46-07:00
20 August

Consumer Affairs Bulletin Part 3 – Additional Tips To Consumers When Hiring Contractors!

2021-09-12T20:22:51-07:00

In our last two bulletins we explained the importance of Los Angeles consumers hiring only licensed, bonded, and insured contractors to work on residential and commercial property jobs.  We also discussed where consumers can go to determine whether or not a contractor is licensed. In this third blog in our three-part Consumer Affairs Bulletin series, we provide additional tips on how consumers can protect themselves [...]

Consumer Affairs Bulletin Part 3 – Additional Tips To Consumers When Hiring Contractors!2021-09-12T20:22:51-07:00
13 August

Consumer Affairs Bulletin Part 2 – Determining if your contractor is licensed

2021-09-12T20:11:14-07:00

Last week we explained the importance of Los Angeles consumers hiring only licensed, bonded, and insured contractors to work on residential and commercial property jobs.  In this second blog in our three-part Consumer Affairs Bulletin series, we discuss how consumers can actually find out whether or not their contractor is licensed! Los Angeles County undercover sting operations always find unlicensed contractors! On a regular basis, [...]

Consumer Affairs Bulletin Part 2 – Determining if your contractor is licensed2021-09-12T20:11:14-07:00
6 August

Consumer Affairs Bulletin Part 1 – Is Your Contractor Licensed, Bonded, & Insured?

2021-09-12T20:09:36-07:00

In a three-part blog series which we kick-off today, we will explain the importance of Los Angeles consumers hiring only licensed, bonded, and insured contractors for home improvement jobs, including earthquake retrofitting, foundation repair and replacement, basement waterproofing, and caissons work. What does it mean to be “licensed, bonded, and insured”? The expression, “licensed, bonded, and insured” gets used quite a bit in the construction [...]

Consumer Affairs Bulletin Part 1 – Is Your Contractor Licensed, Bonded, & Insured?2021-09-12T20:09:36-07:00
19 July

Why Does a Concrete Foundation Crack?

2021-07-12T10:26:01-07:00

Here’s what we know about concrete! There are two things you know for sure about concrete:  it will be hard, and it will crack!   Cracks in concrete foundations and walls are fairly common.  Some cracks are the result of “shrinkage” of the concrete that is a normal part of the concrete’s curing process, and in such cases, the cracks will not pose a structural concern [...]

Why Does a Concrete Foundation Crack?2021-07-12T10:26:01-07:00
15 July

3 Important Recommendations for homeowners & commercial property owners!

2021-09-08T19:19:59-07:00

Retaining walls and caissons can protect Los Angeles homes and commercial properties, especially those built on a steep slope, from damage caused by soil erosion and collapse due to mudslides, landslides, and earthquakes. Los Angeles homeowners and commercial property owners know that their buildings, especially those built on a steep hillside, are vulnerable to damage from destructive natural forces such as mudslides, landslides, and earthquake [...]

3 Important Recommendations for homeowners & commercial property owners!2021-09-08T19:19:59-07:00
9 July

What lessons can we learn from the Miami Condo Building Collapse?

2021-07-12T10:16:44-07:00

By now we have all heard about the horrific collapse of the Champlain Towers South, a 12-story beachfront condominium in the Miami, Florida suburb of Surfside. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, as well as the many families who have lost everything due to that tragedy. The tragedy leaves many of us asking, what could have caused such a collapse? What [...]

What lessons can we learn from the Miami Condo Building Collapse?2021-07-12T10:16:44-07:00
4 July

Top-10 Fun Q&A’s About Your Home’s Crawl Space and Basement!

2021-06-21T10:26:00-07:00

What is a crawl space? A crawl space is a shallow, unfinished space beneath the first floor of a home, or under the roof of a structure.  The crawl space typically provides access to plumbing or wiring. Why is my home’s crawl space so humid? When a home’s crawl space is vented and has exposed soil, groundwater and rainwater seeps into the soil, continuously releasing [...]

Top-10 Fun Q&A’s About Your Home’s Crawl Space and Basement!2021-06-21T10:26:00-07:00
28 June

Myths and Facts about Foundation Cracks Repair and Replacement!

2021-06-21T10:16:39-07:00

When it comes to foundation cracks repair and foundation replacement in Los Angeles, it’s important to separate fact from fiction!   Let’s start! (1) Foundation problems are not common in Los Angeles Oh no, this is definitely a myth that we need to bust right now!  Homes in Los Angeles typically have foundations that are built on soft clay soil that expands during our rainy season [...]

Myths and Facts about Foundation Cracks Repair and Replacement!2021-06-21T10:16:39-07:00
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