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Foundation Technology

Primary NAICS Code: 238110 Concrete Repair, Restoration Foundation Repair-Leveling Foundation Raising

Why Foundation Technology?

Foundation Technology strives to give customers only the best value and became the leader in foundation repair, concrete lifting, seismic retrofitting and structural support systems for commercial and industrial applications in California.

Capability Statement
Our specialty is the repair and restoration of any type of foundation support or concrete structure for roadway, bridgework, industrial machinery, commercial and residential buildings, due to movement or failure from seismic activity, erosion, water, drought, and the preventative repair or modification to the
foundation support structure to increase structural rigidity or load capacity of structures to withstand failures from seismic, water, drought and increase load capacity from additions or modification.

Some Core Competencies:

• Foundation/Structural Support-Repair & Leveling – Machinery/Equipment Platform Repair
• Polyurethane Concrete Raising-Restoration – Airport Runway Leveling/Raising/Restoration
• Geotechnical Construction -Soil Stabilization, Chemical/ Cement Grouting, Caissons/Grade Beams
• Hillside Stabilization – Erosion Control/Soil Nails/Erosion Mats

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Foundation Technology was contacted to provide repair solutions for an integral piece of machinery

 

Gerdau North America is one of the leading producers of Rebar in the United States. Rebar is used in bridges, buildings, skyscrapers, homes, warehouses, foundations and roads to increase the strength of the concrete and ultimately help hold up the structures. With construction booming, their product is in high demand.

Foundation Technology offered the following services:

  • Machinery Support
  • Leveling Pump Pad/Support Repair
  • Concrete Restoration
  • Heavy Machine Isolation
  • Epoxy Injection
  • Below Grade Waterproofing
  • Chemical Grouting Pressure Grouting Void Filling
  • Polyurethane Foam Slab Raising Geotechnical Foams Helical/Push Piers

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Slab Rocking

Concrete Slab Rocking

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, the slab on the approach side is deflected downward. When the wheel leaves, it quickly deflects upwards creating a gap of low pressure between the slab and the sub-base drawing minute amounts of material from beneath the departure slab to the other side of the joint. After many passages from the vehicles, a significant amount of material is moved across the joint, resulting in ‘stepping’, ultimately leading to slab cracking and slab rocking. The edges are pressed against each other causing spauling of the slab and eventual pockets, resulting in “bumps” or “ruts” that slow forklift traffic substantially. Damage and spills are often the outcome.

HMI Polyurethane Foam

Injection of polyurethane concrete lifting foam to stabilize and lift the slab, eliminating “Slab Rock” and can reduce the down time over conventional repairs from days and weeks to just hours. Slab Rocking occurs and can be eliminated in almost all heavy vehicle traffic locations.

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If you have been watching the news about earthquake preparedness and all the recent seismic activity in California, you’ll quickly realize none of us paid any attention to that old adage about building a home on a solid foundation, because that one surely doesn’t ring true in our neck of the woods.  If you live in Southern California, you know you’re living on shaky ground…

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Retrofitting Your Home with the Help a Foundation Repair Finance Company

The cost of foundation repair could be prohibitive. A typical repair project can set you back up to $14,000. While some forms of home insurance may cover the cost of home repairs, particularly at the foundation, a foundation repair finance company like Foundation Technology can help you get the repair or retrofitting that your house badly needs. This is especially helpful now that certain earthquake models predict that “the next big one” might come soon.<./p>

Many building contractors choose to have themselves accredited by a number of industry organizations. One of the largest contractors’ federations, the Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA), operates a clearinghouse that allows customers to search for a construction finance company that suits their needs.

The EGIA GEOSmart Program is not just a clearinghouse; it also accredits contractors based on their company history, their capabilities, and their financial standing. This means that only the most robust contractors with proven track records are in their whitelist. We at Foundation Technolgy are proud to be an authorized GEOSmart Authorized Contractor, and as such, you can rest assured that we follow industry best practices in both financial and operational matters, ensuring that the retrofitting that your foundation repair needs is worth every dollar you spend.

If your home is badly in need of foundation retrofitting or replacement and need a foundation repair finance company that can offer a loan program that allows you to make low monthly payments, give us a call. We offer GEOSmart financing to all our customers, and can offer loan terms of up to 12 years. We also have a Quick & Easy Loan-by-Phone application process to make it more convenient for our customers to get the financing they need.

There is no longer any excuse for putting off foundation retrofitting or replacement. With the help of an EGIA-accredited foundation repair finance company like Foundation Technology, you should be able to get your house protected, helping you breathe easy knowing that your property and loved ones will be safe if disaster strikes. Contact us today!

 

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Concrete Replacement vs. Concrete Leveling: Which is Better?

Broken, uneven, or sunken concrete slabs need to be fixed as they pose numerous dangers, especially to pedestrians. Concrete replacement and concrete leveling are two methods that are commonly undertaken to correct this structural problem. While both can provide good, long-lasting results, the latter provides more advantages in terms of time, labor, and cost.

Concrete Replacement

As the name suggests, concrete replacement requires partial or complete removal of the broken concrete and then replacing it with a new slab. This technique can be time-consuming, which increases the risk of injury. Since it involves numerous processes, from drilling the concrete and putting up reinforcements to pouring the concrete mix, among others, this method will require more labor and help from machinery.

For projects or public sites that aren’t as sensitive to disturbances, this traditional method is viable, especially if there isn’t a limited amount of time to finish the project. However, these longer jobs must take other factors into consideration. Weather conditions such as rain can extend the project schedule.

Concrete Leveling

On the other hand, leveling the broken or uneven concrete involves fewer steps that involves drilling the concrete, pumping it up with polyurethane foam to level the surface, and finally patching the crack marks. What might normally take weeks for a replacement to accomplish will only take as little as 15 minutes with leveling, depending on the scope of work.

Carrying out leveling work can also be done without a building permit, since it isn’t as disruptive to the public compared to replacement. Concrete leveling is also a preferred option for many because it is cost-effective. While this method offers a quick fix, it doesn’t compromise the quality of the results.

In the end, both concrete replacement and leveling have their own advantages, but contractors and homeowners have more to gain by choosing the latter.

Trust the experts at Foundation Technology for professional concrete leveling or other foundation repair services for your home or business. Contact us today and ask us about our free inspection service.

 

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A Primer on Polyurethane Concrete Raising

Polyurethane concrete raising combines the technique of slabjacking or mudjacking with the use of eco-friendly materials to correct uneven concrete surfaces. Traditionally, contractors would inject a mixture of soil, cement, or mud into the concrete which would push it from underneath. While this is still done today, We at Foundation Technology have switched to using polyurethane foam because of the benefits that it provides to our clients.

Reasons for Raising Concrete

Concrete surfaces go through natural wear and tear over time. Additionally, they are susceptible to what is known as settlement, or when the foundation of the soil surface dries up, shrinks, or consolidates, thereby creating a void. It’s when the concrete slab settles into this void that it can be prone to cracking or breaking.

What Is Polyurethane Foam?

Polyurethane foam is a high-density material that can expand to fill up spaces and cavities. To repair uneven concrete surfaces, this quality of polyurethane foam is precisely what’s needed to lift uneven concrete slabs back up. Applying this method and material eliminates the need to demolish the concrete slab only to replace it with a new one, which is more costly and definitely more time-consuming.

Benefits of Polyurethane Concrete Raising

Since a complete concrete replacement can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks, this raises the risk of injury and inconvenience, especially when performed in a busy area. With the use of polyurethane foam to raise the concrete, however, the sidewalk or foundation slab can be fixed in as fast as a few minutes. This is because polyurethane foam does not need as many holes in the concrete before it can be injected into the void.

Lightweight and environmentally friendly, polyurethane is a popular polymer with numerous commercial and industrial applications. Cost-effective with a speedy installation process, using polyurethane for concrete raising will require the least amount of effort and accomplish the same results from that of concrete replacement in the least amount of time.

If you’re dealing with uneven concrete surfaces on your home or commercial property, contact us to schedule a free inspection, and get a detailed analysis within a day!

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How the Right Foundation Repair Method Can Help Save Your House from Sinking

Los Angeles lies a few miles from the San Andreas fault, which makes it highly susceptible to earthquakes. Because of this, most cities in the area have implemented ordinances that require the inspection and retrofitting of buildings, or foundation repair for those that need it. Non-compliance with the city ordinances can result in fines, or, in the worst violations, the closure of businesses and revocation of business licenses.

Many contractors that perform foundation repair in Los Angeles, however, use methods that do not fully protect against the effects of earthquakes.

For example, standard methods involve the total replacement of damaged foundations with new ones. While a new foundation is meant to be a protective measure against sinking, it does not address groundwater saturation, which occurs after a period of heavy rain. It also does not protect it against the effects of soil liquefaction, which happens when saturated soil is shaken strongly, as in an earthquake. In areas where silt has been deposited, such as the alluvial floodplains formed by the old Los Angeles River, the ground could be unstable and can easily be liquefied if an earthquake is strong enough.

The only sure way to secure your house’s foundation is to connect it directly to the bedrock below it. To do this, helical piers and anchors are screwed in mechanically, up to a certain depth where bedrock can be found. Once the piers have reached the bedrock, steel brackets are mounted to support the foundation, giving it near-permanent stability that bypasses the effects of soft soil.

This method is ideal for soils such as sand, silt, and clay. It is also recommended for housing developments where the ground is usually compacted fill soil from nearby hilltops. The presence of vegetation, particularly larger trees, is also indicative of a prime candidate for this method, as trees put down roots that pull up water from the soil, making it dry out and shrink gradually.

The key to a stable house is a secure foundation. Protecting your foundation by applying the correct method will let you sleep better at night, knowing that you will not see cracks or sinking when you wake up.

For professional foundation repair or retrofitting services in Los Angeles, call the experts. Foundation Technology is a leading foundation repair company that’s backed by an experienced team, and offers in-house financing and a 25-year transferrable warranty to our clients. Contact us today and ask us about our 100% free, no-obligation inspection services.

 

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A Look at Common Foundation Repair Methods: Seismic Retrofitting

Seismic retrofitting is a foundation repair method that involves the modification of existing structures to make them more resistant to the effects of seismic activity, ground motion, or soil failure caused by earthquakes. In Los Angeles, a city that’s prone to higher occurrences of seismic activity, there is a city ordinance that mandates property owners to retrofit their homes, regardless of how old or newly-built these are. If they fail to comply, they can be fined stiff penalties while commercial property owners risk being shut down as well.

Some common seismic retrofitting techniques:

Foundation Bolting – This technique aims to strengthen the connection between a structural wood frame and a foundation made of concrete by bolting wood beams from the former into the latter. Doing so can decrease the risk of your home sliding off its foundation during an earthquake.

Helical and Push Piers – Strong steel piers are screwed or driven deep into the ground and then attached to the foundation. Ground movements can weaken or damage foundations, but with helical and push piers to provide additional structural support, your home or building will be stable enough to withstand the effects of the movement.

Cripple Wall Bracing – As the name suggests, this technique braces the cripple wall or short wall typically made of wood that extends from the foundation to the first floor. While the cripple wall provides support to the entire weight of the structure, it is also known to be the weakest and most vulnerable to earthquakes. Generally, the cripple wall is braced with metal to strengthen its connection to the foundation.

If you live in a high-risk area in California, like Los Angeles, contact us to get an inspection done by the leader in foundation repair, done by the most experienced team of experts in the industry. We provide a 100% free, no-obligation inspection service, and provide foundation repair systems for buildings that need to quake-proof their homes.

 

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DIY vs. Professional Foundation Repair

Foundation repair in Los Angeles is extremely important because the San Andreas Fault goes through California. With that said, when you see cracks or other variations of foundation damage around your home or business, is DIY repair a good idea?

DIY Foundation Repair

Performing DIY repairs may reward homeowners with a certain sense of satisfaction and achievement. However, your inexperience may ultimately erode the very purpose of repairing your home’s foundation, which is to bolster your safety in the event of an earthquake or any other type of seismic movement.

While some kinds of minor repairs can be done on your own, they’re more likely to be limited to improving aesthetics. Having professional repair done will ensure that your overall foundation is in top shape. Foundation repair specialists with enough experience working on properties in Los Angeles know how to do a thorough inspection before undertaking repair works.

Nevertheless, if you’re planning to go the DIY route, you should at least make sure you’re following expert advice. This is where professional services can be of additional assistance, as some offer site inspections free of charge.

Professional Foundation Repair

Foundation damage typically goes beyond what is visible to the naked eye. Aside from free inspections, another benefit that comes with enlisting the help of a professional is gaining long-lasting results that solve underlying problems.

Professionals have the necessary knowledge, experience, and equipment to do repair jobs faster—and more efficiently. They also have the necessary tools and resources to carry out their work and in the least invasive way possible.

Lastly, hiring a professional allows you to benefit from the highest level of protection against more serious and costly foundation damage in the future. As the leader in foundation repair, concrete lifting, seismic retrofitting, and structural support and anchoring systems for residential, commercial, and industrial applications in Los Angeles, California, Foundation Technology is familiar with the nuances and technicalities of the state’s building regulations, and can make sure that your property is safe and up to spec.

If you spot any signs of foundation damage, contact us and see how we can help ensure your safety, as well as that of your property.

 

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