Experienced Foundation Repair Service for San Francisco Bay Area

A crack or shift in your foundations is always of concern. Unfortunately, without the correct attention and repair, even small shifts can get much worse as the years go by. If you’ve noticed the signs that your foundations are on the move, it’s time to give us a call. As experienced foundation repair contractors with over thirty years in the business, we’re always happy to give you the benefit of our expert opinion when it comes to selecting the right solution for your foundation problems.

Wide Range of Foundation Repair Services

In some cases, it may be best to replace the foundations completely, whereas in others a repair may be the most viable option. Our qualified and skilled structural engineers can undertake a full assessment of the problem, inspecting not only the foundations, but also the building framing in order to get a complete picture of the issue. We will always recommend the solution that’s best for your property, providing you with the information you need to make the decisions that are right for you.

Friendly, Professional Foundation Repair

As experienced contractors, we are proud to offer exceptional workmanship and great customer care. Our team members are each qualified and experienced in their respective areas of expertise. When it comes to materials, we use supplies from trusted manufacturers who we’ve found to consistently provide high-grade products that get the job done. On site, we work in a safe, considerate manner, minimizing disruption and treating your property with respect.

San Francisco Bay Area, Foundation Repair Contractors

We have worked on many Bay Area properties in the past, amassing a helpful body of local knowledge regarding soil types, geological features and common foundation problems that has enabled us to devise innovative, effective solutions to the typical foundation challenges which Bay Area residents face. To find out more about our services or to discuss your project with us, call us at (925) 671-9500.

Foundation Repair in San Francisco Bay Area

A house that is experiencing foundation problems caused by soils conditions of either settlement or expansion is not likely to get better as time goes on. The constant cycle and change of dry years then wet years is always causing either shrinking or swelling of the soil. And once a foundation is cracked or damaged this condition will usually worsen. Many people feel that when they see their foundation is cracked or looks damaged, the thing to do is replace it. However one should always have a knowledgeable General Contractor like Mares & Dow Construction & Skylights, or one of our Structural Engineers we work with everyday conduct a comprehensive inspection of your foundation and home structure. Meaning ” NOT JUST! THE FOUNDATION”, but also the “THE BUILDING FRAMING”, the “WOOD” tying the house to the Foundation”. It is very important to have the Foundation and Wood Framing inspected and then consider all the options in order to determine if a repair or replacement is necessary in order to achieve getting the most for your money and performing the correct repair that lasts a lifetime.

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As we all know in the San Francisco Bay Area we are living in an area very highly prone to earthquakes. Besides the severe earthquakes of 1906 and 1989 we have constant small earthquakes all over the Bay Area. With this is mind a great amount of research has been done in the Bay Area by structural engineers to determine the cause and effect of concrete foundation failure and cracks. With this concentrated study on foundation failure came the discovery of just how important it was to study the soil in which all of our foundations are being placed. Of course in the San Francisco Bay Area we have numerous kinds of soils we build on, from the soils near the bay and ocean to the hills of San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and to the mountains of Mt.Tamalpais and Mt. Diablo. In conclusion of all this detailed studies has come great solutions to foundation repair methods and installing new foundations. First of all the fact that a high percentage of foundations installed before 1960 were not designed to the standard needed to withstand moderate earthquakes and most of all to survive the movement caused by building on expansive clay, compressible or improperly compacted fill soils, or improper drainage or lack of maintenance around foundations. In most cases, water is the basic culprit in the vast majority of expansive soil problems. Specific components of certain soils tend to swell or shrink with variations of moisture. So if you are experiencing a foundation problem and you feel I may be extreme at first glance. Let Mares & Dow Construction & Skylights,  identify the damage before it becomes to advanced and determine for you if the solution is in the repair of the foundation or if the soil around the foundation needs attention or a drain system.

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