Earthquake Retrofitting a Must for Southern California Homes

Foundation Experts Speak on Keeping Home’s Safe From Earthquake Activity

LOS ANGELES, CA: Julian Construction (http://julianconstruction.com/) a foundation repair and general contractor company, is working to raise awareness and activity on earthquake preparedness in Southern California. The company has spoken many times on the effects of earthquake activity on a home’s foundation and how to prevent damage in a home. A specialty of the company is earthquake retrofitting, also known as seismic retrofitting, which reinforces a home’s foundation to resist the pressures of seismic activity. Julian Construction has over 10 years of experience in foundation construction and repair.

An executive at the company stated the following on earthquake retrofitting: “This is the process of attaching a house to its concrete foundation using foundation plates and anchor bolts. California is “earthquake country” and we who live here should be aware that the up-and-down and side-to-side motion of an earthquake can shake an unbolted house off its foundation. Julian Construction Inc. specializes in foundation bolting and the bracing of cripple walls (short stud walls between the floor and foundation of some houses) by using structural-grade plywood which, if needed, provides greater resistance to earthquakes. These steps, along with properly tying the floor system down with approved framing anchors, will make yours a safer home.”

Julian De La Torre, founder and owner of Julian Construction, stated: “Here in California, we’ve had to deal with earthquakes for years. One thing that not every homeowner may think with, is the effect on their home’s foundation. That could become a problem in time, because the seismic activity weakens a foundation. The worst part is when a foundation has been weakened so much that when a BIG earthquake comes, the structure collapses. Earthquake retrofitting ensures a home is strong enough to stay together and keep the structure safe no matter what happens.”

Julian Construction owns its own company and is built on a “no middlemen” model – no salesmen, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323 733-3377, by fax at 323 733-4477 or via their website, www.julianconstruction.com. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog, at http://julianconstruction.com/blog/