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?
Click on the pictures for a pop-out of additional text, and from there click on the sub-heading title to take you to the corresponding page where you can learn more about the issue.
California homeowners face the reality of having to protect their homes to resist the destructive forces of earthquake activity. Newly built homes usually come with hardware up-to-code. However, the greater number of homes does not. These homes can slide off their foundation and may need to be demolished entirely once the initial damage is done. But how do you determine if your house is bolted?
Foundation problems are caused by the continuously changing conditions of the soils around your home. Clay soil expands as it absorbs moisture, and contracts as it dries. That can cause foundations to move, settle and crack. Dry and wet weather cycles produce a constantly changing soil bed under your home's foundation. Foundation drainage problems can be caused by too much moisture as well as too little. Lastly, beware of trees and tree roots.
House Floor Leveling
Squeaky floors are a sign that your floors may not be level. The sound that you're hearing is metal scraping against wood or metal. Sometimes it requires a simple nailing of the subfloor so the noise stops. But if you place a marble on the floor and it tends to travel with momentum, then you might have a greater floor leveling problem.
Cracking of your foundation most of the time occurs when water penetrates through the concrete. Consider this: the nature of concrete is to crack. What's more, older homes were built without rebar or steel embedded into the concrete. While the concrete underneath your home may be cracking due to drainage problems, your home may be sitting on top of a crumbling cake.
Crawl Space Services
Dirt crawl spaces have high humidity levels necessary for mold growth. Humidity levels from 50% to 90% are easily found in dirt crawl spaces that have never flooded and problems can be worse in the ones that have. All mold spores need to grow is organic material such as wood, the right temperature range, and moisture. Of these, the only one that can be controlled is moisture.
Hillside Stabilization Services
Many homes that exist on hillside locations face the serious risk of landslide failure. Rainwater and erosion can chip away at the edge of cliffs, causing homes to become unstable. Hillside stabilization projects do not have to be very costly if you are taking preventative measures on your older home long before signs of failure begin to show.
Caissons and Grade Beams
Caissons and grade beams are needed for many hillside homes in Southern California. They are deep pile structural concrete, which support the home from underneath it, dug several feet into the ground ensuring that your home or property will not face any risk of sliding off the foundation or down the hill. They may be used for other applications as well.
Retaining Walls Construction Services
There are many kinds and types of retaining walls ranging from decorative garden walls to engineered retaining walls. Retaining walls are commonly designed to hold back soil to prevent down-slope movement or erosion. Retaining walls are constructed with reinforced concrete block or cast concrete or Shotcrete.
Concrete Slab Repair
Concrete slab is a shallow, reinforced-concrete structural member that is very wide compared to its depth. A concrete slab is, typically between 3″-4″ thick, and is most often used to construct floors and ceilings spanning between beams, girders, or columns, while thinner slabs are also used for exterior paving.
Commercial Retrofitting Services
Whether you own a tilt-up building for industrial warehouses, buildings with unreinforced masonry walls, office buildings, soft story apartment complexes (see our tab on soft story), or other kinds of commercial buildings, there is usually always something that can be done to enhance your building to ensure it remains safe during the next major earthquake.
Invented by Leonardo Da Vinci centuries ago, gabions were first used to create barricades during times of war to protect against enemy fire and invasion. Da Vinci designed a type of gabion called a Corbeille Leonard for the foundations of the San Marco Castle in Milan.
Soft Story Reinforcement
According to the California Institute of Technology, there are more than 20,000 soft-story structures in the City of Los Angeles alone. According to the Department of Building and Safety, only 800 of these 20,000 soft-story structures have been seismically retrofitted. In the next major earthquake, catastrophic failure is possible to happen to about 19,000 soft-story structures due to the bending and breaking of ordinary columns.