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What to Do to Repair an Earthquake Affected Home

Foundational Issue

Foundational issues in Southern California are always weighing heavy on the average homeowners’ minds. There have been devastating earthquakes that hit Southern California in the past, and it’s important that we all prepare our homes for the next inevitable event. The foundation of your home is what keeps it secure and earthquake protected. In order to address foundational issues in homes that have already been earthquake affected, a series of correctional procedures must be done, and then it may be necessary to take further preventive measures to keep your home from becoming damaged again. These are the basic steps that you should take in order to address earthquake-related foundational concerns:

  

Foundation Inspection

The first step is to assess the damage and see what you’re really dealing with. Most often the foundation can be salvaged, repaired, and redone effectively. In rarer cases the foundation might need a little more attention than what is commonly standard. It is best to have a professional with expertise in the field perform a thorough inspection of the premises. After this step, you can get a more accurate estimate and idea of the work that will need to be done.

Foundation Repair

Repairing your home’s foundation after an earthquake takes skill—make sure you do your research before hiring a company to handle the repair. You can look for some signs that your foundation will need repair on your own. If you notice cracks in your foundation, cracks in walls, or a space between where the wall and ceiling meet, you should have your foundation checked out immediately. Another indication of the need for repair could also be difficulty closing windows or doors adequately.

Preventive Measures

Because earthquakes in the Southern California area are not uncommon, it can cause undue stress for you to be consumed with worrying about whether or not your home will hold up after the next natural disaster. To make your home stronger and to reduce your stress, you can look into preventive methods for foundational earthquake preparedness. Furthermore, these procedures can greatly increase the value of your home in So Cal.

Earthquake Retrofitting

Earthquake retrofitting, or seismic retrofitting, involves any number of procedures, depending on: your budget, your wishes, the current state of your home’s foundation, and the potential for a future earthquake. Cripple wall bracing, full foundation bolting, and the installation of hold-down brackets are some of the typical earthquake retrofitting procedures.

House Bolting

With the help of foundation plates and anchor bolts, house bolting is a procedure that more adequately secures a home to its foundation. It is critical to perform these measures if your house has previously shifted in past earthquakes or if you notice any of the symptoms of a failing foundation. If your foundation is in good condition, house bolting may be another option for you to secure your home more efficiently.

Foundation Underpinning

Foundation underpinning is common for homes that have two stories. It is also a procedure that is performed alongside house bolting for extra security. The need for foundation underpinning is evident in obvious cracks in floors, walls, and ceilings, and should be addressed immediately. Through mass pour techniques and other professional methods, foundation underpinning is a common earthquake security measure.

Earthquake Affected Wall

Troy Builders Can Help

As previously mentioned, southern California is a prime earthquake territory; it can be nerve-wracking wondering if your home can withstand the next big disaster. Earthquakes have caused many homes to be lost and irreparably damaged throughout the area, leaving a path of devastation and loss. The best way to prepare your home for an earthquake is to take action today—don’t put it off another year. Having a thorough inspection performed is the first step toward securing your future, and it is essential to employ the right professionals for the job. Troy Builders, serving Tarzana, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Glendale, Long Beach and Woodland Hills, CA, and the surrounding areas, are experienced in retrofitting techniques, including house bolting and underpinning. We are experts in the foundational industry, and have a genuine passion for the work we do. Contact us for more information about scheduling inspections, getting estimates, or learning more details about the services we provide.