Tips Include Securing Furniture and Appliances, Stocking Supplies, and Regular Foundation Inspections
LOS ANGELES, CA: Julian Construction Inc. (http://julianconstruction.com/), a foundation repair company located in Los Angeles, has recently released tips and information on earthquake preparedness for homeowners in southern California.
Julian De La Torre, founder of Julian Construction, stated “An earthquake can occur at many different depths below the surface. The closer it is to the surface, the more damage it will cause to man-made structures. Earthquakes typically take place on fault lines, which is where two large plates of rock rub against each other. For years seismologists have been predicting that residents in the Los Angeles area will be hit by a large quake with a magnitude of 6.7 or greater. A major earthquake can uproot trees, collapse buildings, bridges and parking structures, and buckle roads.”
“Earthquake preparation is important, and can help prevent injuries and property damage. Securing appliances with bolts can minimize movement and stop gas lines from breaking. Hanging objects such as light fixtures, mirrors and pictures should also be secured, as well as large pieces of furniture that can fall over if the ground shakes. Put latches on cabinets to prevent the contents from falling out and make sure to properly store any hazardous material.”
“Also, developing an earthquake plan will help ensure the safety of your family and provide greater protection for your property. A vital part of an emergency plan is the purchasing and storing of emergency supplies, including food, water, pet food, flashlights, battery operated or hand crank radio, extra batteries, fire extinguishers, tools, first aid items, clothing, blankets, and a camp stove. You should also keep in this kit valuable documents, important phone numbers, and extra money.”
“You will also want to inspect your house for foundation problems. Look for cracks, bowed walls, slopping floors and other indicators of foundation issues. Call in a professional foundation repair expert if necessary, and make any needed repairs,” concluded Julian.
Julian Construction owns its own company and is built on a “no middlemen” model – no salesmen, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323 733-3377, by fax at 323 733-4477 or via their website, www.julianconstruction.com. You can see more tips and advice about home foundations on their blog, at http://julianconstruction.typepad.com.