California’s Economy, the Construction Industry & 2015

California's economy is still recovering from the recession. Image Courtesy

California’s economy is still recovering from the recession. Image Courtesy

Leta and I recently attended the 2015 U.S. and Inland Empire Economic Forecast. Dr. Esmael Adibi, a renowned economist and advisor to California leaders, presented his annual forecast for the state’s economy. The event was sponsored by many groups and companies active in the construction industry, including homebuilders, engineering firms, and construction products manufacturers.

This was a great event that provided some clear insight on what’s in store for 2015 when it comes to California’s economy and its growth as it pertains to our industry. Continue reading

Rainfall – The Good and the Bad

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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

When to Call a Plumber or a Leak Detection Service

Water Pipe

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Without water most foundation problems would not exist. If you experience rapid foundation movement and the sudden appearance of cracks and separations, it may be time to call a plumber. This is especially true if the evidence of movement is near bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Leaks can occur in pressurized plumbing lines, most often in hot water lines. Have you noticed warmth coming from your slab floor, or sudden spikes in your gas or water bills? These can be symptoms of a hot water leak. Sewer lines can also leak. Tree root intrusions are one of the most common problems associated with a leaking sewer line. Continue reading

Push Piers v. Helical Piers in Expansive Soils

Building Foundation

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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