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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

Call (661) 294-1313 to speak with one of our foundation repair experts!

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Earth quake is a reality and it can happen anytime. Did you know?

Buildings with Substantial Structural Damage to Vertical Elements of the Lateral Force- Resisting System

 Section 3405.2 through 3405.2.3 describes the requirements for damage evaluation and the triggers for seismic retrofit of earthquake damaged buildings:

Section 3405.2 – Substantial Structural Damage to Vertical Elements of the Lateral Force- Resisting System

 A building that has sustained substantial structural damage to the vertical elements of its lateral force-resisting system shall be evaluated and repaired in accordance with the applicable provisions of Sections 3405.2.1 through 3405.2.3.

 Find out how Foundation Technology can assist you to meet the requirements and pass your evaluation with flying colors.

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To  learn  more  about  Foundation  Technology  and  the  services  we  offer Visit us on line at: https://foundationtechnology.com/ or call: 855.650.2211

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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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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.

 

Bottom of a swimming pool exposed, after the seawall failed.

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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