San Francisco’s housing inventory often includes older Victorian homes that still have their original brick foundations intact. When these properties hit the market, buyers often have questions about the ins and outs of such foundations. And the reality is that there aren’t easy answers.
First off, brick foundations are definitely inferior to newer, concrete ones. The bottom line is that concrete foundations are engineered to allow a building to handle movement without serious consequence. However, many older buildings on brick have been standing since the late 1800s or early 1900’s and may have survived the 1906 earthquake, as well as the 1989 one. That being said, there is a certain level of risk with a brick foundation in this day and age, particularly when scientific experts predict that we’ll have a huge earthquake in the foreseeable future. Continue Reading