ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEXT EARTHQUAKE?

We all know it's coming. We just don't know when. Is your home ready?

Your home will stand a better chance of getting through the next earthquake with less property damage if you check now to see if you need to any retrofitting.

If your home is not built on a concrete slab, chances are it’s built on a raised foundation. This means the home was built on a system of posts, beams and cripple walls. Cripple walls are short wood-framed walls running underneath & around the perimeter of the home. These homes typically have crawl spaces underneath them. They are susceptible to damage because the supporting structure under the house may not have been built to resist seismic forces & thus is considered a weak area. Past earthquakes have shown that these areas are highly susceptible to structural failures.

Garages are vulnerable areas in the home due to the large garage door opening and large open areas. And there are benefits to seismic upgrading your home. Two examples are:

1) Retrofitting your home may lower earthquake insurance premiums
2) Strengthening your home can add resale value So, check your home, do repairs if needed and you can sleep at night knowing your home at least is ready for the next “big one”

Jim

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