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Weinstein Construction offers resources to help our customers.

Our learning center is designed to give homeowners a quick glimpse into the most common structural problems you might come across in relation to the services that we offer to fix those problems. These are resources that we have compiled so that you don’t have to. It’s an opportunity to educate yourself on things that you may not have experience in from people who want to share their knowledge and expertise.

Weinstein construction has resources available to you if you are interested in educating yourself on how to seismically retrofit or repair your home.

If your home or building suffers from some of the problems below, then please give us a call today and we will help you address those problems so that your home or building is structurally safe and sound. Whether it needs foundation repair or seismic retrofitting or drainage installation, Weinstein Construction can help you with that. You deserve to sleep soundly at night knowing that your home is structurally safe and prepared for the next major quake.

What Problems Ail Your Home?

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House bolting

House bolting

There are three basic things all crawl spaces should have: wood, concrete, and dirt. What you want to look for are anchor bolts along the perimeter, spaced about 4-6' apart. If none exists or if they're rusty, then it's time to bolt your house.

Foundation Repair

Foundation Repair

Once foundation problems start, they can lead to even more problems, including: interior and exterior structural and cosmetic damage, cracked or sloping floors, poorly fitting molding and cabinets, cracks in interior walls and ceilings, sticking doors and windows, and devaluation of your home.

House Floor Leveling

House Floor Leveling

Differential measurements are taken to measure where the floors show sign of sloping, either in the positive or in the negative direction. Floor leveling restores the floors back near to their original position, though further action may be required to mitigate the causes of floor sloping.

Drainage Systems

Drainage Systems

Installing a drainage system is one of the best ways to protect your home. Water intrusion tends to destroy the foundations of homes and simultaneously spread mold spores into your house. This can be prevented with the evaluation of a professional drainage systems expert.

Crawl Space Services

Crawl Space Services

Crawlspaces are smelly, dirty, dark, and claustrophobic for many. Some homeowners like to think of visiting their crawlspace as an adventure, while we like to think of it as a way to protect your home. With over 35 years of experience spending a majority of our time examining the condition of crawlspaces all across Southern California, we specialize in solving all crawl space moisture problems with one simple, warranted solution called Clean Space.

Hillside Stabilization Services

Hillside Stabilization Services

An earthquake can show us that many homes are in need of hillside stabilization. There are still thousands of homes that need these services, and new construction building codes require that hillside stabilization of the highest standards be enforced. The problem is that most of these existing homes are older and lack the proper stabilization to survive their hillside location, especially during the next major earthquake, which is predicted to happen within the decade.

Caissons And Grade Beams

Caissons And Grade Beams Services

With multiple applications, from tall rise apartment building foundation supports to retaining walls, caissons are the perfect way to protect your investment in heavy load circumstances. While commercially caissons are typically used to set piers for bridges & underpasses, they are viewed as a reliable, versatile, and economical foundation support solution.

Retaining Walls

Retaining Walls

Concrete Block Retaining Walls are constructed by using concrete blocks reinforced with steel or rebar and then filled with concrete, also commonly known as "Pour and Place Retaining Walls." Shotcrete Retaining Walls are poured either plain smooth or with a desirable finish. They are set with caissons as well as proper reinforcing steel and then filled with concrete. These need special engineered plans.

Concrete Slab Repair

Concrete Slab Repair

Common symptoms include:

  • Unleveled floors
  • Broken floor tiles
  • Sloping floors
  • Bumps in carpet
  • Cracks on the walls
  • Sticky doors or windows
Concrete slabs are built using form-work. If the slab is to be reinforced, rebar is positioned before the concrete is poured in.

Commercial Retrofitting

Commercial Retrofitting

If the connections between walls, wood floors, and roof are weak, walls can pull away. Tilt-up buildings are particularly dangerous because they possess many structural weaknesses since they have large openings for industrial sized doors and windows which offer little stability for the structure.

Gabion Systems

Gabion Systems

A gabion is a wire fabric container, uniformly partitioned, of variable size, interconnected with other similar containers and filled with stone at the site of use, to form flexible, permeable, monolithic structures such as retaining walls, seawalls, channel linings, revetments, weirs, etc., for erosion and flood control.

Soft Story Reinforcement

Soft Story Reinforcement

A large opening in at least one wall, and a lack of central supports, make soft stories more susceptible to lateral forces from a large earthquake. When they fall, the second floor "pancakes" onto the first floor. Shear wall panels won't help much. Soft-story buildings need to be retrofitted with specially designed steel reinforcements.