You can get away with a sloppy handshake but with a carelessly built house? Not so much. Eventually, its qualities will deteriorate to the point when the only thing holding it together is pure luck. And you better call in the engineers before that runs out, too.


Show Full Text

Alpha Structural, Inc. presents itself as the only company in Los Angeles County licensed to engineer and build any type of foundation or hillside repair. For its 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. "Besides having a stellar reputation, we're called out to inspect and propose solutions to many structural issues," a spokesperson of Alpha Structural, In. told Bored Panda. "Specializing in advanced hillside foundation repair methods we mainly are called to inspect when there are issues such as sloping floors, failed retaining walls, etc."

"A very common issue we see is mid-century hillside homes that are sinking. They were often built with shallow footings that are prone to sink over time. Additionally, there is a lot of expansive soil in Los Angeles which, due to its high clay content, expands and contracts. This leads to corners or sides of a home that sink."

Since the company has already inspected tens of thousands of properties, it's hard to catch its engineers off guard. "I would say we're more likely to be surprised by what's under the home than the structure itself! Although, while we are not alarmist in any way, every once in a while we will come across a structure that we are surprised is still standing."

According to Alpha Structural, Inc., everyone living in the area can take measures to make their building a safe place.  "We always recommend earthquake retrofitting your home," they added. "It's no surprise seismic activity is prevalent in Los Angeles, so taking the time to retrofit your home is key. Also, most foundation problems are caused because of no drainage, or poor drainage around the home. The most cost-effective solution to preserve your foundation is to make sure your yard slopes away from the structure and that your gutters and downspouts are cleaned and route the water away.

However, it's easy to get carried away. "People tend to overreact when it comes to their home. Things such as hairline cracks and minor sticking of doors can cause quite a panic in most homeowners. Plenty of information about our services can be found on our website!"

Continue scrolling to check out what these guys find on a daily basis and upvote your favorite entries!

More info: alphastructural.comFacebook

#1

Weird-Things-Structural-Inspections

Everything is code when there is no code. (Not in LA)

AlphaStructural Report

Aaron Kara 2 weeks ago

I bet the building inspector gets 'tired' of this kind of shit...

View More Replies...
View more comments

#2

Weird-Things-Structural-Inspections

They missed...

AlphaStructural Report

Aaron Kara 2 weeks ago

They didn't just miss, they missed with consistency

View More Replies...
View more comments

#3

Weird-Things-Structural-Inspections

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.... Read More

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.

AlphaStructural Report

Luis Milian 2 weeks ago

wow. the scary part (if is true) is that it traveled in someone's luggage all the way from Peru and TSA did nothing about it.

View More Replies...
View more comments

#4

Weird-Things-Structural-Inspections

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.

AlphaStructural Report

Phoebes 2 weeks ago

"If duct tape doesn't fix it, you just aren't using enough". ~Dwayne Johnson

View More Replies...
View more comments

#5

Weird-Things-Structural-Inspections

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.

AlphaStructural Report

C 2 weeks ago

Samara lives there

View More Replies...
View more comments

#6

Weird-Things-Structural-Inspections

And they were wondering why their floors were sagging.

AlphaStructural Report

Aaron Kara 2 weeks ago

Do I need to check under my house for this kind of shoddiness?

View More Replies...
View more comments

#7

Weird-Things-Structural-Inspections

During an inspection, one of our assessors found this beauty. A wall created entirely out of concrete filled washing machines.

AlphaStructural Report

Phoebes 2 weeks ago

They were going green!

View more comments

#8

Weird-Things-Structural-Inspections

And there goes the other half of your house

AlphaStructural Report

Rich Auntie Skeleton 2 weeks ago (edited)

I remember seeing an episode of Hoarders where a guy had a house like this. He had so much junk in his attic and the weight of it was all being held up by one sagging beam. One book falling over would have bought his whole house crashing down on him. God it was sad.

View more comments

#9

Weird-Things-Structural-Inspections

A car jack perhaps?

AlphaStructural Report

Last Hurrah 2 weeks ago

Is this on the level?

View More Replies...
View more comments

#10

Weird-Things-Structural-Inspections

"I have sagging floors" And this is why.

AlphaStructural Report

Cat on a bike 2 weeks ago

the floor was lava and then there was none...

View more comments