The Southern California area is known for Hollywood, beaches, and of course, earthquakes. Being a homeowner in SoCal is a great business investment; the real estate market has been booming lately. However, most homeowners insurance does not cover earthquake-related damages to homes, and that can weigh heavily on our conscience everyday—it’s a stressful thought that you could be unprepared for the next big earthquake. There are ways to make your home stronger, more secure, and more resistant in the event of an earthquake. Earthquake-resistant homes generally have reinforced foundational work done in order to withstand the strong seismic waves that permeate the ground.
There are a lot of factors that contribute to whether or not your home has a chance of surviving an earthquake, including the type of soil that your foundation sits upon. It is important to have a professional inspect your foundation and the soil beneath it in order to get a better gauge on how it will respond in an earthquake. If the soil under the building is firm and well compacted, then the foundation may hold up relatively well—but a strong foundation can certainly enhance how protected your home is from an earthquake. So, what makes a foundation strong, and what can you do to make sure your home withstands an earthquake? Here is a little more information about how a reinforced foundation will better protect your home.
What Makes a Foundation Strong?
Reinforcement of a foundation often involves several processes, depending on the condition of the soil, the foundation, and the home. if the home is already earthquake-affected, you may need to undergo foundational repair before anything else can happen. During this process usually cracks are filled in, and the soil is better compacted. Then, preventive measures take place to make sure that the foundation is stronger in the event of another earthquake. It may be necessary to somewhat divorce the foundation from the structure with a series of heavy materials that allow the building to flex and sway with the foundation so that the house doesn’t crumble or become heavily damaged due to being affixed to the foundation directly.
While undergoing an inspection by a foundation repair company you can also learn more about the materials that your home is made of. Typically buildings that are composed of concrete or brick suffer the most damage in earthquakes because the building materials are not pliable or flexible at all. While there is not much you can do about the materials your home is made of, it is certainly important in the assessment phase to help determine what direction will need to be taken to best secure your home and foundation. Generally buildings made with steel parts have the best pliability during an earthquake, but most homes are not made of steel; therefore it is important to seek professional opinions about your individual situation.
Different Methods of Security
Depending on your home’s needs, an expert may recommend different foundation strengthening processes. Initial inspections will reveal the need for any foundational repair work. If the foundation is in good condition, you may consider earthquake retrofitting, foundation bolting, house bolting, or foundation underpinning to make the foundation even stronger. A professional can help you have the work you need done in order to secure against earthquakes at an affordable cost. Furthermore, a faulty foundation can send prospective homebuyers running the opposite direction; therefore, having any of these methods of security done to your home will not only protect your home from earthquakes, but it will significantly increase the value.
The Experts at Troy Builders
Serving Tarzana, Santa Monica, Glendale, Los Angeles, Woodland Hills and Long Beach areas, Troy Builders has been performing earthquake security methods for over 10 years. As licensed contractors, it is our job to thoroughly assess a property’s existing foundation before providing suggestions or recommendations to clients; we don’t offer any unnecessary procedures to homeowners. We are committed to helping protect our community of Southern California from the devastation that earthquakes can bring, and our client’s safety and security are our first priority. If you often wonder how strong your foundation is or whether or not it can withstand an earthquake, contact us for a consultation—it’s important to stay proactive before the next inevitable earthquake, and we’re here to help.