LOS ANGELES, CA: Julian De La Torre, owner of Julian Construction, Inc., (http://www.julianconstruction.com), a foundation repair and construction company in Los Angeles, reports that homes built over 50 years ago often have foundation problems.
According to De La Torre, there were very few building regulations or standards for homes constructed before 1940, and the use of improper equipment and low-quality materials was not uncommon.
“The most important part of your home is its foundation,” says De La Torre. “If the foundation is not built right, the structural integrity of the building will be compromised. Foundations are built to carry the weight and load of all the other parts of the structure. Without a strong foundation, the building can eventually collapse.”
Homeowners can also have trouble with older foundations if the home was built on clay soil. When clay soil gets wet, it expands. As the soil starts to dry, it contracts. A building will be pushed up by the foundation when the soil is moist, and settle into the spaces created when the moisture disappears.
“If you own an older home, make sure the foundation is checked on a regular basis,” says De La Torre. “If a problem is caught early, it can usually be easily fixed. The longer you wait, the more you will have to spend on repairs.”
Julian Construction owns its own company and is built on a “no middlemen” model – no salesmen, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323 733-3377, by fax at 323 733-4477 or via their website, www.julianconstruction.com. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog, at http://julianconstruction.com/blog/ or http://quakeproofers.com/blog/.