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 you to facilitate these programs that have been made to make things easier.

How the Program Works:

• Up to 50% of total seismic retrofit costs may
be passed through to tenants, if approved by
HCIDLA.
• The maximum rent increase is $38 per month
for 120 months. The recovery period may be
extended until the full approved amount is
collected.
• Seismic retrofit costs are divided among all
the units.

Foundation Technology Offers Seismic Retrofitting As A Service
Foundation Technology is the leader in Seismic retrofitting. Seismic Retrofits involves modifying existing structures, so that they are more resistant to seismic activity.

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Safety Concerns in Abandoning Septic Systems, Seepage Pits, Cesspools, Drywells, even dug wells

Septic tanks, cesspools, and drywells present serious hazards including septic cave-in’s or collapses, methane gas explosion hazards, and asphyxiation hazards. Simple precautions which we describe here can help avoid a dangerous septic, cesspool, or drywell hazard.

In addition to having been consulted in fatalities involving humans, we have learned that falling into septic tanks and cesspools is a risk for animals as well. Readers should also see specific warnings about cesspools
at CESSPOOL SAFETY.

Watch out: for unsafe septic tanks and cesspools or drywells and for systems that were not properly abandoned. In 2008 Mark Cramer shared a report from an owner that that their horse fell into a septic tank and died tragically before it could be rescued.

The collapsing septic tank was not in the location which the owners thought it would be found, and clearly it had an unsafe cover. We were consulted in a Long Island death of an adult who fell into and was buried in a collapsing cesspool. And in 2012 we were contacted for comment involving the death of two boys who fell into and perished in an “abandoned” septic tank or cesspool that lacked a safe cover.
See SEPTIC & CESSPOOL SAFETY.

It is important to properly abandon un-used septic tanks, cesspools, or drywells. If an old septic tank, cesspool, or drywell is simply “left alone” there may be very serious cave-in or fall-in safety hazards.

Septic tank, drywell, or cesspool abandonment or tank closure may involve complete tank removal, tank crushing (steel septic tanks), or most common with site-built tanks/cesspools/drywells, and with concrete tanks, the cover is opened and the tank is filled-in with rubble and soil. Details of septic tank, cesspool, drywell abandonment procedures are discussed in this article.

Septic Tank Abandonment Choices

When a septic tank is no longer going to be used, various factors determine what will happen to the old tank:

  1. Cesspools & Drywells: If the old septic system component to be discontinued is a cesspool or drywell, and occasionally with septic tanks, the old tank might be left in place and “daisy chained” to the new one. This was common at country and farm properties that relied on a cesspool for onsite waste disposal.Owners hoped that the old system might still help a little with wastewater treatment and disposal even though it had stopped working. This approach is dangerous if the old system has an unsafe cover, is in danger of collapse, or is leaking where it should not be.
  2. Steel septic tanks are often removed, crushed, and buried back at the site, possibly below or alongside a new septic tank – details are below.
  3. Concrete septic tanks are often filled-in after holes are broken into the tank – details are below.
  4. Plastic or fiberglass septic tanks are a newer item with less experience in abandonment. If such a tank is badly damaged and leaky it needs to be removed and replaced. It may be possible to crush and bury such a tank as in the case of steel tanks.

To avoid the risk of a collapsing septic tank, cesspool, or drywell which is no longer used, it is important to find and properly close out such facilities at any property, residential or commercial. In the photo at the top of this page, the truck “found” an abandoned septic tank by driving over it.

 

 

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The effects of global warming are already upon us. Regardless of the cause, the effects are quite apparent to those who live on or near the shoreline. As an owner of beachfront property, I am assuming you are acutely aware of the potential damage or loss to your property due to high surf and the battering waves they bring. I also assume you have spent substantial amounts of money in often futile attempts to protect you beachfront investment from the impending waves and erosion. I imagine most have failed or offered little protection. Why do I know this?

Please allow me to introduce myself.

My name is S. G. “Jerry” Bronstrup.

I am the owner of Foundation Technology, a foundation repair company specializing in engineered solutions for the repair of residential and commercial foundations. We are experts at repairing foundations that fail due to erosion, settlement and the corrosive effects of the sea. I’ve spent considerable time along the California coast looking at the effects of the encroaching sea on beach front properties and have come to the following conclusion.

And bluntly; if you own a home along the Malibu beachfront, especially in the Malibu Colony, your foundation is in trouble. Concrete, wood, or steel pilings are no match for what the advancing sea has in store for your property.
In the past year, I personally visited and inspected six properties along the Malibu shoreline, all experiencing a high level of failure due to erosion, corrosion, and wave battering. While not every property was constructed the same, the common failure was the method in which most if not all structures were connected to the earth.


Simply put, the foundations of every property I inspected in Malibu showed signs of substantial failure.
In each case, I spent considerable time researching repair solutions that would mitigate the damage from pounding surf and the corrosive effect of sea water on wood, concrete, and steel structures that were evident on every single foundation I visited.

The level of ongoing corrosion and damage I found will cause catastrophic failure.

In fact, during a recent inspection after a rather high sea, the failure was indeed substantial enough to cause the foundation to be “scoured” away, and the support timbers for the second story to settle and cause substantial damage to the house.

The common cause; a combination of corrosion, erosion, and “scour” (the effects of tidal swell on pillars and/or caissons), is setting you up for an expensive repair. We’ve already seen the effect of ‘not’ doing anything. And we have also been witness to the failures of inferior repair procedures. Just take a look here!

Another contractor attempted to stop the onslaught of the waves as they pounded this beachfront home on PCH. You can see the results of their failure behind the seawall. Doesn’t seem like much until you realize what is above.

 

That’s the bottom of the swimming pool, completely exposed. A total loss!

The property owner decided not to utilize our services and instead hired a handyman to solve his problems. The resulting damage cost the property owner well over $100,000 to repair the damage….and they still didn’t repair the seawall or the real problem.

Engineered Repair and Renovation Services that are guaranteed to give you the best defense against Mother Nature.

Nobody can guarantee with certainty that the construction or renovation of you properties foundation or seawall will hold up against what Mother Nature can throw at you. But you can be certain that when you hire.

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The battle cry of “A true Deplorable” (based on the opinions of just about everyone in America)

Seems every day somebody is complaining about their contractor. Since I am one, I always seem to be the guy they like to complain about the “other guy” to!    On the true list of  deplorable’ s, not the Hillary or  Donald Trump versions, but the true, “personae non gratae” type deplorable that everyone in America despises;  contractors and handymen are right up there with used car salesmen, telemarketers, and snake oil salesmen.  Distrusted, hated, despised, and generally not welcome to your office holiday party.  Since I’m often thrown into that category, I’ve been growing a real complex as of late.

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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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Actress Dyan Cannon woke up in her Malibu Colony home to what “sounded like a 747 landing in my yard.”

“I opened the shutters and my pool was gone. I ran downstairs, and the ocean was coming into my living room. Then I saw firemen falling into the pool; they didn’t know it was there because it’s covered with water.”

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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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Recently Foundation Technology was contacted to repair some cracks in a below ground concrete vault that holds the hydraulic lift mechanism within a Midas Muffler shop. It seemed ground water had been seeping in through cracks in both of the fourteen inch wide by eight foot deep vaults that held the shops hydraulic car lifts. Since this is a car repair shop, quite often oil and other automotive chemicals either spilled or leaked into the partially filled pit of water creating a toxic soup that needed to be pumped on a regular basis. Two to three hundred gallons of chemical laden water were being pumped from the vaults on a regular basis. Not only was this a costly endeavor, the water and chemicals also caused the hydraulic machinery to prematurely corrode and fail. Apparently this case of “too much water” had been going on for some time. Pumping was just considered a cost of doing business.
This all came to a head when the building was recently sold to investors. During the escrow period, commercial real estate inspectors determined the water intrusion problem was not only hazardous to the equipment but also to the surrounding soil as chemicals also leached downhill from the vault into the soil below. “The cracks had to be repaired” was the verdict and the lender requirement for the new buyer.
Multiple contractors offering low-cost crack repair solutions were contacted by the sellers’ agent to “seal” the vault from water intrusion. Foundation Technology was also contacted to provide a bid.
There was at least three feet of water with a sheen of motor oil, and hydraulic fluid covering during the initial inspection. The interior walls of the vault were oil and grease coated prohibiting both detailed inspection of the concrete floor and walls as well as attempting any type of epoxy or silicone crack repair as offered by the other contractors. It was determined that seepage from nearby uphill condominium units were the probable cause of the excessive groundwater. (The vault was directly adjacent to the condo project and at least fifteen to twenty feet lower in grade). This resulted in a fairly steady pressure flow of water seepage. It was also evident from the strong rotten odor coming from the vaults, that the soil below was being contaminated by chemical leaching. Simply filling the cracks or applying negative waterproofing was completely out of the question.

INJECTING POLYURETHANE FOAM TO CREATE A POSITIVE WATERPROOFING SEALANT.

HMI 401G being injected in the vault floorHMI 401G being injected in the vault floor

Foundation Technology suggested injecting a plural component polyurethane foam capable of reacting in wet or high moisture applications to create a “positive” water sealant on the outside of the vaults. FT chose HMI’s 401G four pound foam for the project. 5/8” injection holes will drilled along the perimeter of the vault floors as well as on the walls where possible, (since access was fairly tight).

14 inches wide make for a tight working space
14 inches wide make for a tight working space

As the 401G polyurethane foam was injected in each port location, muddy water began to squirt up from the other holes. (As the foam expanded, it displaced the fairly large amount of water beneath the floor which quickly began to fill the vaults). We were actually surprised to see this amount of water coming from the injection port holes, especially in the drought conditions California is experiencing.
Both vaults were completely sealed in two days. After pumping by a hazmat service, the vault will be acid washed and injection holes filled with a hydraulic cement. Additionally a sealant will be applied to the interior to help contain the chemical leaching.
Foundation Technology offers engineered solutions and geotechnical construction/repair for commercial and residential applications. We specialize in soil stabilization, foundation repair, and helical/push pier installation. Foundation Technology provide services in California, Arizona, and Nevada.

For more information or to request a solution to your particular problem, please contact; Nicole Wahnon (nicole@foundationTechnology.com)
Foundation Tech, Inc.
d.b.a. Foundation Technology
25020 Avenue Stanford, Unit 110
Santa Clarita, California 91355
Toll Free. 855.650.2211
Local. 661.294.1313
www.FoundationTechnology.com

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Is your chimney starting to look a little less than straight? Does it seem to be leaning one way or other? A leaning chimney may not seem like a big deal, but think about the damage it might do to your home, car, or anyone near the area should it fall.

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Remember when you were a kid and you heard noises coming from your house at night? When you asked your parents if they were monsters or ghosts causing the noise they probably told you, “No, that is just the house settling.” It might sound strange, but all structures move to some degree.

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