We can compromise on interior and design, however, the foundation of house or building must be strong enough instead of entirely depending on the luck. Alpha Structural, Inc. an inspection company in Los Angeles County licensed to engineer and build any type of foundation or hillside repair. For their 25th birthday, the organization has decided to share some of the craziest structural inspections they’ve done over the years, making many internet users question the sanity of some contractors.
Everything is code when there is no code. (Not in LA)
YES, this is a real skull & YES it was called in to the police and YES it was confirmed by a detective coroner. While doing a real estate inspection in the valley, one of our assessors came across the above skull. It was said to be found in Peru by the previous owners. Apparently, they brought it back in their luggage when returning from their vacation in Peru. Why they would do this is beyond me. This was later confirmed by the sellers of the property that it was in fact brought back over to the states from Peru. The skull, which was studied by the coroner, was roughly 1,000 years old. This is by far one of the craziest things we’ve seen doing foundation inspections in Los Angeles.
This was taken during one of our structural inspections in North Hollywood. It’s gonna take a little more than duct tape to fix this one.
Now, I forgot the term for these, but basically it’s a massive hole/well that was about a meter under the concrete footing. The owner had no idea this was here. Must have been there for decades.
And they were wondering why their floors were sagging.
During an inspection, one of our assessors found this beauty. A wall created entirely out of concrete filled washing machines.
And there goes the other half of your house
A car jack perhaps?
“I have sagging floors” And this is why.
This is something you don’t see every day: A colony of bees/hornets/wasps, have created a honeycombed nest on the carcass of a dead animal and it became the perfect online content. Nasty.
This is a very interesting view from a basement window. It’s actually located in a shower and you can see the critters moving around in the dirt. Hope you like bugs!
This is a foundation made up of river rock, some sort of hardened mortar and the tears of the contractors who did it. Also, I see a rhino!
It may seem as if this is a photo was taken at an angle, but I assure you, it was perfectly straight. The floors are just sloping down a good 6 inches from the middle of the home.
Nothing is worse than coming across a massive gas pipe while excavation. It wasn’t on the initial plans.
Though these jacks are pretty common…they should never be used as a permanent pier. Unless secured with duct tape of course.
This is an abandoned home in East Los Angeles. I don’t want to get too technical on this, but not even the homeless would want to set up shop in there.
This is one of the craziest structural fails I’ve ever seen. No re-bar, not bolted, settling 2 ft and it’s on sand…Just wow!
Yeah…that’s not legal.
A soft-story can be described as multi-level structure built with a first floor that is much less rigid (soft) than the floors above, such as in an apartment with tuck under parking. This is a cause for concern, for when an earthquake hits, the existing columns do not have the strength to protect against the sideways movement that can occur.
This is actually the door leading to Narnia. It just so happens that it’s under a house in Pasadena, CA. Seriously though, they used this as a sort of “shear wall” for additional strength. Again, an obvious DIY job.
May not look like much, but a single toddler jumps and that set of stairs and deck come down.
This is a first
So from here we see there is a slope starting from the right and going 15 feet to left. After peeling back the carpet, we discovered a massive slab crack. To the right of the crack we see another crack that’s been patched. The left side of the house was completely sinking a total of 18 inches from the point of the crack. One of the worst slab conditions we’ve seen so far in LA.