To help ensure a structurally sound home in an earthquake, first floor framing must be secured to the foundation (1), second floor framing must be tied to the first floor (2), beams and joists are tied together (3), roof framing is connected to the wall top plate (4), posts are secured to beams (5), and minor foundation cracks are repaired with epoxy.
Courtesy of Simpson Strong-Tie.
The possibility of an earthquake is a reality for many Southern California residents. That’s why it’s important to make sure your home is properly reinforced to resist seismic forces. Homes built before 1985 are especially vulnerable to earthquake damage. But buildings of all ages and styles can benefit from reinforcement with approved structural connectors and other structural reinforcement.
The seismic retrofitting process involves the installation of engineered metal connectors and other reinforcement materials at key stress points throughout your home’s structure. The specially designed hardware includes hold downs, anchors & anchor bolts, strap ties and framing angles. Wood blocking and structural sheathing may also be incorporated into many retrofitting packages.
The goal of the retrofitting process is to counteract three main earthquake-induced forces that can cause major damage to a building: racking, sliding and overturning. In engineer-speak, the retrofitting process transforms a building with loosely connected parts into a unified structure with a “continuous load path” that extends from the building foundation up through the walls and all the way to the roof framing. Our experienced crew will utilize an impressive arsenal of seismic connectors to keep your house structure together in spite of seismic forces that can easily tear an un-reinforced house apart.
Don’t wait until it’s too late! Contact Saber Foundation Repair today for a seismic inspection and seismic retrofitting estimate. We provide our professional seismic retrofitting and foundation repair services to residents all throughout Greater Los Angeles, including: Los Angeles, San Diego, Long Beach, Bakersfield, Santa Ana, Riverside, Anaheim, San Bernardino, Oceanside, Huntington Beach, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and many cities nearby in San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange Counties!