Earthquake Retrofitting – Understanding the Basics

Posted July 26, 2022, under Blog

Earthquake retrofitting is a process that adds reinforcement to a structure by installing additional hardware, plywood, or framing lumber to the foundation area of a building. Once the additional hardware is installed, the structure is secured to its concrete foundation using foundation plates and anchor bolts.

When in the face of a large earthquake, it’s this additional hardware that helps protect the structure from the intense and damaging side-to-side and back-and-forth shaking.

In Southern California, if your home is more than 20 years old there is a good chance that it is lacking these modern safeguards and needs upgrading.

As we saw with the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, thousands of unbolted homes were damaged or completely destroyed, with many sliding right off of their foundation.

If you have any additional questions as to the specifications of this type of work, be sure to check out Los Angeles’s City website for more information about earthquake prevention methods and protocol. Los Angeles seismic safety standards are not just restricted to the city itself, most regions in Southern California have adopted their preventative policies.

At Julian Construction, we have extensive experience serving our Los Angeles community and nearby regions. In fact, we’ve inspected over 30,000 structures in the area!

The company was formed in 1994 and our focus has always been on building and maintaining foundations, doing foundation repair and replacement, earthquake retrofitting, and house leveling.

When you work with Julian Construction, you get the principles of the company and the workers of Julian Construction under your home.

And in order to keep foundation repair 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 (323) 733-3377 to schedule your free inspection or complete the inspection request form.

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