Earthquake Retrofitting in California
Have you been putting off your home’s earthquake retrofitting?
In California alone, there are roughly 1.2 million homes that are still lacking the necessary earthquake retrofits to withstand a large earthquake.
Most of these homes were constructed before 1980, and they have a crawl space located beneath the living space and the ground the home sits on.
Unfortunately, homes that were built before 1980 were constructed without the necessary safeguards to withstand the shaking from an earthquake. These properties lack the proper braces and bolts to the foundation, or the walls and wood beams, that keep the home secured to its foundation.
If a home does not have the proper hardware installed, these properties tend to slide off of their foundations or completely collapse during a large earthquake.
Luckily, earthquake retrofitting is an easy, cost-effective fix for a dangerous problem. Most retrofits simply require additional bolting, bracing, or anchoring to the home’s foundation, or adding additional plywood to the crawl space of the property. A typical bolt-only retrofit costs between $3,000 to $3,500.
While it may seem like earthquake retrofitting is not an immediate repair issue, spending a couple thousand dollars to retrofit your most valuable asset is a small price to pay for protecting the property and those who reside there during a large quake.
Plus, what you will pay in earthquake damage if your home has not been properly retrofitted is far greater – with most repairs costing into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In addition to being a cost-effective repair method, earthquake retrofitting isn’t a long and drawn out process. Most home retrofits can be completed in two to three days once the local government permits have been approved.
If you think your home may be in need of earthquake retrofitting, it’s important to get the property inspected as soon as possible.
When you work with Julian Construction, we’ll send one of our skilled foundation inspectors to evaluate the structure of the building and determine the most effective and cost-efficient solution for retrofitting your home.
And in order to keep earthquake retrofitting affordable for our customers, we offer a price guarantee — because we know our quote for repair will represent your very best value.
Give us a call at call (323) 733-3377 to schedule your free inspection or complete the inspection request form.