How Do You Retrofit A House For Earthquakes?

The main purpose of earthquake retrofitting is not to displace your home from its base – to make the house stronger and less vulnerable to significant structural damage during an earthquake. Current houses have to be retrofitted because we have a greater knowledge of the impact of earthquakes and building methods after constructing them. You can help mitigate earthquake damage on your house by understanding how earthquakes cause structural harm — when they happen, and how you can protect them against them. If you had the earthquake right now, are you sure your home is sufficiently built to withstand it? Depending on where you live, how your house is being constructed — and the year it was originally built — an earthquake can harm your physical and financial well-being.

Before the new earthquake-resistant building standards, many existing houses and multifamily buildings were designed. In the case of these older homes and houses, it is important to protect against an earthquake that the vital links inside a house are refurbished and strengthened, including the doorbolt to its base. The soft-story seismic re-engineering of older mid rise buildings also requires that the first or poor floor of the building is reinforced. In areas with high risk of earthquakes like California, Oregon and Washington, seismic modifications are most useful.


How to Retrofit a House?

  • A seismic retrofit also includes a consultation with an engineer and a licensed specialist must do any work involving gas. Consulting with an individual approved to conduct seismic retrofits will help identify key areas in which damage can be minimized. 
  • With the securing of metal L brackets in the join and plate of the rim at the position specified by the engineer, the house can be fixed to the floor.
  • To attach the saddle plate to the floor, anchors can be screwed into the anchor panels and the base and wood torches to the saddle by the anchor panels. 
  • An automated gas shutdown valve may be mounted by a licensed gas fitter in order to prevent gas from escaping into the house during an earthquake.
  • Turn off the meter of petrol.
  • Disconnect the gas pipes from the meter to a gas pipe stage.
  • Using pipe dope and nipples thread the gas valve into the tubing.
  • Switch on the remaining gas tubes and switch on the flame. See if the latest gas work leaks.
  • Protect the wall, shelves and the floor with the museum putty and zip ties for all valuables.
  • Using straps to attach the water heater to the walls.


It’s not so hard to protect and secure your home. A seasoned, professional do-it-yourselfer will retrofit his home for a few hundred dollars, depending on his style and age. It is recommended, but not mandatory to hire a competent, licensed retrofit contractor and a construction engineer. Homeowners should take the right measures to make sure their homes bind their base and prevent destruction, destruction and misery if an earthquake occurs with a better understanding of protection and up-to – date solutions.

Need a Company That Specializes in Earthquake Retrofitting? 

Spaulding Concrete is made up of a team of specialists for structural renovation, seismic retrofitting, soft-story retrofitting, residential earthquake proofing and tenant building development.  The members of our team are your partners in safety and earthquake protection who listen to and recognize the needs of the building owner and offer their earthquake retrofitting solutions from beginning to end.  We enjoy delivering excellent service here at Spaulding Concrete and we live up to our values with every client.The qualified concrete experts at Spaulding Concrete will be on schedule, on budget and meet or exceed standards by careful planning, professional execution, and strict quality control.  To schedule your free quote, call or email us today! We are proud to serve Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Martinez, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood and the surrounding areas.