This morning a magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit southern California. The earthquake had a depth of about six miles, which is fairly shallow, and there were no reports of injury or damage. However, now is an important time to consider your home’s capacity to withstand earthquakes. Earthquakes are a fairly common occurrence, and older homes in California are not always ready for them. During an earthquake, the foundation shakes and causes the top of the building to slip and collapse. This is why it’s a great idea to get earthquake retrofitting for your home, and Dalinghaus Construction is happy to help.
DO I NEED EARTHQUAKE RETROFITTING?
Dalinghaus Construction offers free estimates to see if you really do need earthquake retrofitting, and it’s a great opportunity to feel safe in the knowledge that your home is safe and secure for you and your family.
WHAT DOES EARTHQUAKE RETROFITTING ENTAIL?
The goal is to make sure that the foundation is secure and that the upper levels are secured to the lower levels. This is achieved by securing walls to the foundation with anchors, bolts, and sill plate connectors and hold downs, and by using metal straps or tie downs to secure the first and second floor together. Additionally, beams and joists are joined together with metal connectors, and the roof is secured to the walls and structure. Lastly, minor cracks are fixed with epoxy.
WHAT IF I CAN’T AFFORD IT?
The California Residential Mitigation Program (CRMP) will give homeowners $3,000 to go towards retrofitting their home for earthquakes and prevent future damage. Only certain homes qualify for this program, including those that: have raised foundations, are built on a low or level slope, were built before 1979, and are made of wood. For more information on this program, please check here.
While the news of earthquakes may be surprising and scary, earthquake retrofitting will help you feel safe in the knowledge that your home is secure. Contact Dalinghaus Construction for a free estimate today!