Landslide Mitigation: Overcoming the Risk

Landslide mitigation can help in areas prone to landslides, such as in Malibu, California. Image Courtesy Pixabay.com

Landslide mitigation can help in areas prone to landslides, such as in Malibu, California. Image Courtesy Pixabay.com

The city of Malibu is one of California’s most beautiful coastal destinations. Located along the famed Pacific Coast Highway, the area is framed by the Pacific Ocean as well as the Santa Monica Mountains.

While coastal zones and properties are highly desirable, they can be difficult to build on. In part, this is due to erosion, rainfall, soil composition, and poor grading. Malibu has steep, clay slopes that are prone to landslides. Continue reading

Rainfall – The Good and the Bad

Rainfall image courtesy pixabay.com

Rainfall image courtesy pixabay.com

In the last several weeks Southern California has received much needed rain, helping to alleviate the state’s drought conditions. It’s critically important to our ecosystem that we get enough rainfall each year. However, it can be devastating to property owners and to public areas, especially if a property is not properly prepared to handle large amounts of it. Areas of concern can range from water intrusion into buildings to unstable slopes becoming mud slides. Continue reading

Push Piers v. Helical Piers in Expansive Soils

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Push piers and helical piers are commonly used to level and stabilize foundations that have experienced movement. Although both types of piers can be used to lift foundations that have experienced settlement, only helical piers can withstand uplift forces which can occur in expansive soils. A detailed investigation of soil moisture conditions and expected changes in the future is required to determine the possibility of future uplift. If uplift is expected then helical piers are a better solution than push piers. Continue reading