Foundation Construction and Repair Experts Comment on the Best Ways of Preparing for an Earthquake
LOS ANGELES, CA: Julian Construction, Inc., (http://www.julianconstruction.com/) a foundation construction and repair company in southern California, has issued a statement urging homeowners to have earthquake retrofitting done for their homes, so that minimal damage will occur in the event of an earthquake.
Julian Construction founder Julian De La Torre stated: “An earthquake retrofitting is the process of firmly attaching a house to its concrete foundation using foundation plates and anchor bolts. Here are some indicators that an earthquake retrofit is probably necessary for your home:
“Homes built before the mid 1980’s often lack features that could help to make them earthquake damage resistant.
“Homes built before World War II may not even be bolted to the foundation at all, or the bolts may be too small and few. A major earthquake could slide such a house right off its foundation, as happened with some homes in the Northridge earthquake in 1994.
“An unreinforced garage with living space above is another possibly dangerous problem. That big garage door opening needs to be reinforced either by a steel frame or by strengthening the walls on either side or it can collapse in an earthquake like a house of cards, along with the living space on top.
“An unreinforced stone or masonry building definitely needs to be looked at, and is highly susceptible to earthquake damage.”
This stated is part of a campaign Julian Construction has begun to raise public awareness of the importance of earthquake preparedness. More on this subject can be found on the company’s blog: http://julianconstruction.typepad.com/julian-construction-blog/
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 tips and advice about home foundations on their blog, at http://julianconstruction.typepad.com.