Raymond Fault Line Creates New Fears

A new section of the Raymond fault line, which runs through Los Angeles’ northeast areas, has been redefined.

The active fault, which caused the 4.9 earthquake in Pasadena back in 1988, has now been re-mapped extending to areas West of its original location.

The California Geological Survey sent out a revised map of the Raymond fault, adding more areas of Los Angeles like Eagle Rock, Glassell Park and Highland Park within its zone.

Not only has the active area already released  fairly large earthquakes, seismologists estimate the fault line is capable of producing a size 7 quake.

If such an event occurred, we could see massive damage, injury and even death in and around northeast areas of Los Angeles and, now, locations west of the original fault zone. Seismologists also argue that such an earthquake could set off the Hollywood fault, adding more chaos to some of L.A.’s most densely populated areas.

Nevertheless, Los Angeles is committed to improving earthquake safety. New laws and regulations have ensured that older buildings throughout the city undergo retrofits and an early earthquake warning system is close to completion.

Julian De La Torre is an expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation contractors and foundation repair. Julian’s company, Julian Construction, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years.

BigTreeSupply.com: Trees and Soil Types

By Nancy Penrose

Trees get their water and nutrients from soil, which is made up of minerals and organic materials like leaves, plants and insects. Soil is one of the main factors that influence a tree’s health and growth.

There are six basic types of soil: clay, sandy, silty, loamy, chalky and peaty.

Clay soil is sticky when wet and hard when dry. There are very few air spaces between the particles that make up the clay. Because the particles are so close together, the soil drains more slowly and nutrients are retained longer. Trees that grow well in clay soil include the white pine, Norway spruce, white cedar, red maples, poplar, European larch and white ash.

Sandy soil has the largest particles of all the different types of soil. It feels dry and gritty. Water will drain quickly in sandy soil, which means nutrients will pass through the soil faster. There are several trees that will grow well in sandy soil, like the red oak, white cedar, poplar, Scotch pine, white pine, red pine and European larch.

The particles in silty soil are smaller than sandy soil and retain more moisture. Silty soil has a smooth texture that is formed by fine sediments and compacts fairly easily.

Loamy soil is a mixture of clay, sand and silty particles. It retains both moisture and nutrients, and is one of the best soils for growing plants. Loamy soil is a good growing environment for the red oak, white and green ash, sugar and red maple, white cedar, European larch, Norway spruce, white spruce and poplar.

Chalky (lime-rich) soils are extremely alkaline and drain rapidly.

Peaty soil, which is made up of partially decomposed organic matter, is acidic. It retains water but contains fewer nutrients than loamy soils.

A big tree specialist can tell you what types of trees are a good match for your planting environment. With expert advice, the tree you purchase and plant will thrive.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Seattle / Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurserys, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree selection at http://bigtreesupply.com/sales-inventory/and for more tips on big trees care or installation go to arboristblog.com. See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6vVhNW1XJI and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees-Inc/193731105108

Gary Burkhart Dentistry Offers Cosmetic Dentistry

BARTONSVILLE, PA: Dr. Gary Burkhart, the founder of Gary Burkhart Dentistry in the Bartonsville, PA area, (http://garyburkhartdentistry.com), is offering Cosmetic Dentistry including: teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and cosmetic bonding and shaping.

The term “cosmetic dentistry” usually refers to any dental procedures that improve the person’s appearance but not necessarily the function of a person’s teeth. The main focus of cosmetic dentistry is on improving the aesthetics and appearance of the teeth, by changing the shape, color, alignment, size, and overall appearance of the person’s teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry can include:

• Adding material to teeth, such as bonding, veneers, or crowns
• Removing material such as enamel either in preparation for fitting veneers or crowns, or as a final step in changing the shape of the teeth
• Procedures such as teeth whitening
• Straightening of the teeth (braces)

Dr. Burkhart stated “For cracks or unevenness in tooth enamel; cosmetic bonding and shaping can be very effective in paving over the cracks and evening out the surface of your teeth. If teeth are chipped, they are too short, or are permanently stained, you can get veneers. A porcelain veneer is a very thin, tooth-shaped piece of ceramic, used to conceal a damaged tooth. For crooked teeth, braces can straighten them out. Strong, healthy teeth are an important part of physical and psychological health. When your natural teeth are showing signs of visible wear and tear, get them repaired and once again you can eat, talk, and smile with confidence. There are many options for improving your smile. Contact a dentist in your area to figure out which procedures will help you get the results you’re looking for.”

Dr. Gary Burkhart graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1983 and from Temple University Dental School in 1988. He began practicing dentistry in 1988, and opened his own dental practice in Tannersville, PA in 1989, and moved his practice to its current location in Bartonsville, PA in April 2000. Dr. Burkhart can be reached via his websites at http://garyburkhartdentistry.com, or http://garyburkhartdmd.com, or http://dentistgaryburkhart.com, or by calling 570-620-0440.

JulianConstruction.com: Does Your Roof Need to Be Replaced?

By Julian De La Torre

The purpose of a building’s roof is to provide protection from environmental elements like rain, snow, wind and sun. Although a roof can last for 20 to 30 years, it will eventually deteriorate and need to be replaced. Factors that can impact the life of a roof include how well the roof was installed, the quality of the materials that were used, the effectiveness of the roof’s ventilation system and weather.

Indicators that you may need a new roof include:

  • Cracked shingles or tiles
  • Loose shingles or tiles
  • Missing shingles or tiles
  • Shingle edges are curled and buckling
  • Shingle granules in the gutters
  • Bald spots where shingle granules are missing
  • The roof is sagging
  • There are signs of water damage
  • Daylight is shining through the roof
  • There are roof leaks
  • The roof looks old and worn

Roofs can be made from different types of materials, such as asphalt shingles, clay or concrete tiles, wood shingles, slate and metal, along with various synthetic products.

Asphalt shingles, also known as composition shingles, are the most common type of roofing product. They are less expensive than clay or concrete tiles and relatively easy to install. The shingles are covered with grit and come in a variety of colors.

Both concrete and clay tiles are extremely heavy, but also very durable with a long life (100 years or more in some cases). Because of their weight, concrete and clay tiles often require extra framing.

Wood shingles are usually made of cedar, redwood and southern pine. The shingles may need to be fireproofed in certain areas, or chemically treated in wet climates because they are a natural product.

Metal roofs are made of steel, zinc, aluminum, copper and stainless steel. They come in shingles or panels, and provide long-lasting protection, especially in places with extreme weather conditions. They are also low maintenance.

Slate is one of the most expensive types of roofing materials. Similar to clay and concrete tiles, slate is heavy and will need additional support, but can also last 100 years or more if properly maintained.

Sometimes a damaged roof can be repaired instead of replaced. If you have concerns about the condition of your roof, get professional advice from an experienced roofing company, including an inspection to find out what issues need to be addressed.

Julian De La Torre, expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation repair and founder of Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com) foundation contractors (Los Angeles), has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms & local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair (Los Angeles) than any other company in the area over the last five years (http://julianconstruction.com/services/foundation-repair/). Julian Construction owns its own company and is a “no middlemen” model–no salesmen or subcontractors–you get the principals of the company and its workers under your home. Learn more about Julian Construction and Los Angeles foundation repair at http://www.anchorla.com/. See their video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKWYhuuBak4

Atkinson-Baker Provides Court Reporters Outside of the US

LOS ANGELES, CA: Atkinson-Baker Court Reporters (http://www.depo.com/), is announcing their global court reporting services. This service makes court reporters available in any country where depositions are legally allowed.

The team at Atkinson-Baker Court Reporters provides their clients with court reporters in different countries on a regular basis. As an example, they recently had a Los Angeles attorney who needed to take a deposition of a witness in Melbourne, Australia. Atkinson-Baker Court Reporters provided a court reporter in Australia, while the client deposed the witness via web conferencing. By utilizing this service, attorneys are able to keep their costs down and reduce travel time.

A client from Fontana, CA, stated, “Your agency is absolutely fabulous to work with! Everyone I’ve ever dealt with has been right on top of their game and never fail to answer a question or return a call. You should be proud of your staff. You’re a huge organization, but you really do give a personal touch to everything and treat your reporters very well. I hope to meet you in person some day.”

Atkinson-Baker’s headquarters are located in Glendale, CA, with 17 branch offices around the country. Ms. Sheila Atkinson-Baker has been a professional court reporter for over 35 years, five of which she served as a court reporter in the federal district court. In 1992 and 1993, the company made the prestigious Inc. 500 list of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the US. They have also been listed four times in the annual Inc. 5,000 list of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States.

You can visit the company’s main website at http://www.depo.com. Their blog can be seen at http://www.depositionreporters.com. A few of their branch websites include http://courtreporter-newyork.com/, http://courtreporterphiladelphia.com/, and http://atkinsonbakerhouston.com/. They can be reached at 800-288-3376.

The Importance of a Proper Drainage System

LOS ANGELES, CA: A foundation repair and construction company, Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com), is informing the public on why a proper drainage system is important for a safe home.

Water can be a homeowner’s worst enemy as it can ruin or destroy their home. Leaks can cause pipes to rust and burst, and ceilings to crack. Water can seep behind walls and into floors, which can increase the risk of mold. Additionally, when water starts to collect outside of a home, the culprit is a drainage issue. If homeowners don’t make sure that their drainage systems are properly maintained on a regular basis, damages can occur to the home or its foundation.

Having a proper drainage system means that falling water is controlled and moved away from the home in a way as to also prevent standing water that won’t go away. There are definite signs homeowners can check for regularly to ensure their drainage systems are working properly, including:

Foundation cracks
• Rainwater accumulating on the roof
• Water pooling in a yard
• Moisture seeping into a house

If any of the above signs are found, Julian Construction advices on getting it fixed as soon as possible.

Julian De La Torre, owner of Julian Construction, stated, “The installation of proper drainage systems surrounding the structure provides a safeguard against the impact of water accumulation and flooding during the rainy season. We can install a drainage system to avoid drainage problems and foundation problems from poor drainage.”

Julian Construction has done more foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years. Julian owns its own company and is built on a “no middleman” model – no salesman, 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://foundationrepairforlosangeles.com/blog/.

Three Myths about Stucco Debunked

LOS ANGELES, CA: A foundation repair and construction company, Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com), is debunking three myths about stucco, one of the oldest building materials around.

Stucco is an aesthetic material that has been around for a very long time and has endless possibilities. Stucco is becoming popular again and many people will be looking for the truth about stucco. The three myths about stucco include:

1. Stucco cannot be painted. While painting fresh stucco is not a good idea as the paint will chip, cured stucco can be painted just like any other surface. A paint made specifically for stucco surfaces will lengthen how long the paint will last.
2. Stucco requires a lot of crack repairs. Stucco, when first applied, is vulnerable to high winds, which can make small cracks. However, most cracks will be less than 1/16 of an inch and can often be left alone.
3. Inspection for stucco is hard. While older stucco does need to be inspected for water damage, the inspection itself is not hard for a contractor who is qualified to work with stucco.

Julian De La Torre, owner of Julian Construction, stated, “Stucco is long known for its versatile appearance, ready availability and durability. We are capable of providing complete professional services for a wide variety of project types and sizes at very competitive rates.”

Julian Construction has done more foundation repair in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years. Julian owns its own company and is built on a “no middleman” model – no salesman, 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://foundationrepairforlosangeles.com/blog/.

Big Trees Inc. Assists Homeowner with Difficult View Screening Situation

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreessupply.com/), a large tree nursery and tree transplant company, was asked to replace a large plant in a difficult to reach area of the client’s property.

The client’s neighbors opened up a large view corridor between the client’s windows by removing an existing hedge on their side of the fence line. Wanting a solution immediately, the client contacted Big Trees. One aspect of the project was to find a plant large enough to replace the previous hedge. The second aspect was the access into the backyard was too small for the needed equipment to handle a larger plant.

Big Trees found a larger Portugal Laurel in their nursery that fit all of the specifications needed to fill the new void. The next challenge was to figure out how to get the 3,000-pound Laurel into the backyard. After going through different options, it was decided to hire a crane and send the tree up and over the house. When the day came for the project, the crane was set up and moved the Laurel, over the house, as close to its new planting hole as possible. Once released from the crane, the Big Trees crew physically dragged the plant to its new home. The clients were thrilled to regain the privacy they desired.

Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees, stated, “The satisfaction we experience in situations like this never gets old for us. Some of our clients we may only work for once, and we get to make such a difference in their lives and gardens. The inside thrill for us is getting to see so many of these projects work and turn out in a wonderful fashion, and getting this similar thrill and enjoyment routinely! It’s a great feeling!”

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at http://www.bigtreessupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Dr. Larry Finn Accepts Delta Dental Insurance

WARREN, MI – Dentist Dr. Larry Finn (http://www.dr-finn.com), is making it easier for patients to afford their dental procedures by accepting Delta Dental insurance for his dental services at his practice in Warren, Michigan.

Dr. Finn and his team understands how expensive dental procedures can be. In order to make it possible for every patient to get the dental work needed without feeling financial pressure, Dr. Larry Finn accepts most major insurance plans, including Delta Dental insurance. Patients can find Dr. Larry Finn in the following Delta Dental networks:

• Delta Dental PPO
• Delta Dental Premier

The team at Dr. Finn’s practice has found that patients to remain stress free when they file their insurance claim through their office. When patients use their Delta Dental insurance plan to cover their dental work, Dr. Finn’s office will file the insurance claim on behalf of the patient by connecting directly with Delta Dental over the internet, making this step smooth and easy.

Dr. Finn stated, “We’re not your ordinary dental practice. We provide comfortable dental care that goes above and beyond. This means that we’re sensitive to our patients’ needs and we cater to everyone. Come in, experience our comfortable and state-of-the-art office and meet our warm and caring staff.”

Dr. Finn and his team offers a variety of dental services including periodontics, endodontics, family dentistry, root canals, oral surgery, and cosmetic dentistry. He has over 30 years of experience performing everything from minor to advanced procedures in dentistry. For more information on painless dentistry from Dr. Larry Finn, visit http://www.dr-finn.com, or call (586) 772-3540.

Brite Smiles Dental Care Increases Awareness of Oral Cancer

APPLE VALLEY, MN – Brite Smiles Dental Care (http://www.britesmilesdentalcare.com), in Apple Valley, is alerting the public to the problem of oral cancer and promoting a special offer.

April is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month. This cancer can affect anyone, regardless of whether or not they drink or use tobacco. The Oral Cancer Foundation reports that the reason this particular disease is so dangerous is because the average person is not aware of its existence and when they find out that they have it, the cancer is already well developed.

Dr. Dennis Simmons, owner of Brite Smiles Dental Care stated, “We want to make sure that the public is aware of the dangers of oral cancer. And we want to help them with early detection by offering the test at no charge. For the summer, we’re offering Free Oral Cancer Screenings to patients who refer a family member or a friend to our office as a new patient. Their family member or friend will get a free Cancer Screening also! Give us a call for more details!”

Dr. Dennis Simmons graduated from the University Of Minnesota School Of Dentistry in 1976, receiving the Class Honor in prosthetics – dentures partial and full. Since then, he has participated in over 3,000 hours of continuing education courses, focusing primarily on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, dental implants and implant-supported restorations, orthodontics, extractions, crown/bridge, root canals, bite and TMJ disorders and sleep apnea. For his studies, he has been honored with the status of “Diplomate” from the International Congress of Oral Implantology and the International Osseous (bone) Integration Society. For more information on dental services from Brite Smiles Dental Care, visit http://britesmilesdentalcare.com, or call 952-891-8484.