The Dangers of Having an Unreinforced Chimney during an Earthquake

Unreinforced masonry chimney may collapse, striking occupants below or damaging roof and other structural elements supporting the building. In California, older brick chimneys — generally those…


Put Your Home in Good Hands over the Holidays

Foundation Technology would like to remind its customers and potential customers that we work hand in hand with you to ensure a safe and secure foundation over the holidays. Don’t cut too much into…


Glossary of Terms for Spray Polyurethane Foam Industry

Polyurethane Foam There is a technical committee who strives to make most terms within the foundation building and repair industry universal. This team looks at Polyurethane Foam  in particular and…


The Importance of Seismic Retrofitting Before An Earthquake

Earthquakes, especially major ones, are dangerous, inevitable, and a fact of life in some parts of the United States. Sooner or later another “big one” will occur. Earthquakes occur without warning,…


Homeowners Guide for Flood, Debris Flow, and Erosion Control

Foundation Technology works with a lot of home owners and continues to support them. Did you know that there is an actual homeowner’s guide for flood, debris flow and erosion control? This guide…


Non-Structural Earthquake Hazards

There have been many people affected by earthquakes. However, there are many hazards that the average homeowner should be aware of. Let’s look at California, the earth is constantly moving as a…


Why do buildings fail in Earthquakes - Mexico City 7.1 2017

Soft Story and More - Why Do Building Fail The large number of fatalities and damage here was greater than anticipated and can be attributed to several factors: • A large portion of Mexico City is…


Slab Rocking Solutions

Slab Rocking is concrete slabs constructed on unbound sub-bases can cause ‘steps’ at joints, the main cause being movement of the sub-base. As heavy vehicles such as forklifts travel over a joint,…


Earthquakes are a Reality

 What level of retrofit is required? Pursuant to LABC Section 3405.3, the damaged bearing walls shall be repaired to support the dead and live load combinations of the current Code. Other floor…


Los Angeles Seismic Retrofit Program Cost Recovery Guide for Apartment Owners

This program caters to the Tenant Habitability Plan & Cost Recovery Guide for Property Owners. Foundation Technology informs its customers that we work along with these programs and encourage…