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The possibility of an earthquake is a reality for many 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.
Saber Foundation Repair are the local experts for seismic retrofitting and earthquake retrofitting services, and we can help you get right preventative measures for your home's foundation. If you're concerned about your home's foundation and are interested in seismic strengthening, call us today at 1-877-203-4601 or click below to get your evaluation and estimate in Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Diego and the nearby areas.
The before photos show unsupported posts which contribute to having sagging floors, sticking doors and windows, and cracked walls. The after photos show one of the two 350 SmartJacks that were installed in this crawl space. The SmartJack effectively supports sagging beams and floor joists which will solve the issues that this homeowner is having.
The before photo shows a crawl space that had an issue with its floors sagging and needed extra support. To correctly solve this problem we installed a 20-foot supplemental beam with our top-of-the-line SmartJack system.
The before photo shows a post that is not properly supported. Seismic activity over a number of years will cause a post to shift like this, causing sagging floors, sticking doors and windows, and sometimes cracks through the walls. To correct this problem as shown in the after photo we installed 17 new posts with pads and caps like the one you see. Now the posts are correctly supported and more resistant to seismic activity.
Seismic retrofit under a raised foundation in Glendora
The before photo shows incorrectly installed and unsupported posts. The after photo shows how we replaced the post and reinforced it correctly to provide greater reinforcement during an earthquake.
The before photo shows the sill plate that needs bracing for strength.
The during photo shows how we install the row of bolts in to the sill plate.
The after photo shows the way we bolt the bracket on to the footing, securing the sill plate to the footing.
Before and after of raised foundation without and with cripple wall sheathing.
Before photo shows an unsupported post causing sagging floors and is a potential hazard during the event of an earthquake. The after photo shows how we retrofitted the posts to be properly secure to provide greater support to the post if an earthquake were to occur.
The before photo shows a home in LA that had a massive issue with sagging floors because there are not any posts in the middle of the crawlspace to support the floor joists. The after photo shows how we installed proper support posts to address the problem area to prevent the floor from sagging.
In the before photo, you can see at the top of the picture that there is cracking on the floor joists. This is because the joists need more support to handle the weight of the home. Since there is not good support for this home, this floor is sagging and causing problems for the homeowner. The after photo shows how we fix this problem with our 350 Smartjack solutions. We attached a supplemental beam to the floor joists that need support with SmartJacks attached to fix any stability issues that the homeowner is having.
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 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 earthquake 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.
Saber Foundation Repair's seismic retrofitting services are only available for homes with raised foundations. We do not work on mobile homes or seismically retrofit any other type of property without a raised foundation We do not certify the seismic retrofit work of other companies, nor do we conduct inspections solely to certify that a home is seismically retrofitted for insurance or other purposes.
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 concrete foundation repair services to residents throughout California, including Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Diego, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Irvine, Glendale, Chula Vista, Huntington Beach, Oxnard, and the nearby areas!