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Your Home May Be Slowly Sinking And Tearing Apart!

Your Home May Be Slowly Sinking And Tearing Apart!

For most homeowners, their home is their most valuable investment.  And yet so few homeowners are aware that their LA-built homes are constructed on shifting soil that doesn’t fare well under frequent earthquake activity.  It is imperative that LA homeowners remain vigilant and have a periodic, professional evaluation of their home to determine whether or not this most valuable property is in fact sinking or settling under its own weight. …

Damaged Home Foundations Are Seriously Dangerous

Damaged Home Foundations Are Seriously Dangerous

As a homeowner in the greater Los Angeles area, you may already be aware that the soil composition in our region, our alternating rainy-then-dry seasons, as well as our frequent earthquakes, often lead to serious structural problems in a home’s foundation.  Moreover, foundations of older homes are especially vulnerable to moisture, soil settlement, and seismic activity and can threaten the structure’s stability and in turn, the health and safety of…

Is your home built pre-1950S – you should definitely read this blog

Is your home built pre-1950S – you should definitely read this blog

Homes sit on top of foundations! The concept of building a home on top of a foundation has not changed in 100 or more years.  In fact, most homes in Los Angeles have been built on foundations whose job it is to keep the home safe from harm when a natural disaster hits, for example a flood, landslide, or earthquake. Modern foundations are made out of concrete which is mixed…

What Should You Do to Control Moisture and Prepare Your Home for the Rainy Season?

What Should You Do to Control Moisture and Prepare Your Home for the Rainy Season?

HERE’S YOUR CHECKLIST! The Fall period in our lovely city of Los Angeles is a wonderful season: the weather becomes more temperate, we start to wear a jacket at night when the temperatures drop, and we get our Halloween costumes and candy ready for trick or treating! For many of us, Fall is also a perfect time to prepare our home’s landscape and hardscape for the rainy season which will…

What will happen to Los Angelenos when “The Big One” hits?

What will happen to Los Angelenos when “The Big One” hits?

In the last few blogs, we tried to explain how recent earthquakes tripled the likelihood of a large rumbler happening on our nearby San Andreas Fault. Today we’d like to describe what will likely happen to Los Angelenos if the earthquake that we all have been waiting for, the one we call, “The Big One“, were to happen a year, a week, or in a minute from now. Are you…

Do you have an emergency preparedness earthquake kit? If not you should definitely put one together!

Do you have an emergency preparedness earthquake kit? If not you should definitely put one together!

In the last two blogs, we described how the recent July 30th 4.2-magnitude earthquake and its aftershocks gave us all a stark reminder of just how dangerous our Los Angeles “neighborhood” really is. We also explained how last year’s Ridgecrest, CA earthquake tripled the likelihood of a large rumbler on the San Andreas Fault, which is just 35 miles away from downtown Los Angeles. Today we’d like to remind all…

As another earthquake hits Los Angeles, do you know of your home is ready to handle the next “Big One”?

As another earthquake hits Los Angeles, do you know of your home is ready to handle the next “Big One”?

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake hits Los Angeles area Thursday, July 30th. The magnitude 4.2 earthquake centered near San Fernando struck at 4:29 am. Then aftershocks continued with a 3.3 quake at 4:38 and a 3.8 quake at 6:48. Just two weeks ago on this blog, we described how a new study published earlier this month explained that last year’s Ridgecrest, CA earthquake brought the Garlock Fault much closer to a…

Is Your Home’s Crawlspace Costing You Money, Damaging Your Property, And Creating A Health Hazard For Your Family?

Is Your Home’s Crawlspace Costing You Money, Damaging Your Property, And Creating A Health Hazard For Your Family?

As a homeowner, have you ever given thought to the fact that the crawlspace under your home may be costing you extra money, damaging your property, and creating a health hazard for you and your family? It’s likely that you can’t even remember the last time you’ve considered yourhome’s crawlspace, but this is truly something you need to think about, if you want to keep your family healthy and maintain…

New evidence shows that last year’s Ridgecrest earthquakes may have tripled the chance of a large earthquake along the San Andreas fault!

New evidence shows that last year’s Ridgecrest earthquakes may have tripled the chance of a large earthquake along the San Andreas fault!

Homeowners and owners of commercial properties in the greater Los Angeles area often think that they have “plenty of time” to prepare their buildings for a big earthquake. Unfortunately, thanks to the Ridgecrest earthquakes, time for preparing for the “Next Big One” may be running out. A new study published on July 13, 2020 in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, states that the chance of a big…

How can commercial property owners prepare for an earthquake?

How can commercial property owners prepare for an earthquake?

It is important for commercial property owners to seismically retrofit their buildings and take additional steps to protect the health and safety of their tenants and residents. Owners and managers of commercial properties often only become aware of their responsibility to ensure that their buildings can withstand an earthquake and comply with city buildings codes when they receive an order from the city to begin the process of seismically reinforcing…