Why Is Seismic Retrofitting Important?

Many homeowners restructure their homes in order to maximize their leisure and retail value. It’s tempting to restructure a kitchen or a toilet, but during an earthquake, this won’t hold your home up. A seismic update enhances your home’s long-term survival and your future building development. Thus, while seismic changes will not be noticeable, your home remains secure, so everything else you have done to boost your house survival. 

A strong earthquake shaking can crack the ground, cause earthquakes and fluidize the earth’s surface. If it was constructed before 1980, your house could be vulnerable to significant structural damage. Get ready for an earthquake in your house. Reduce the chance of earthquake damage by recognizing potential structural hazards and geological dangers in the vicinity. 

A seismic retrofitting consists of reinforcing the base of your home to make it harder to move. It is required for homes prone to failure and seismic damage. There have been many moderate to severe earthquakes around the world every year in the last 30 years, and there is no exception to that in the Pacific Northwest. Seismic repairs to your house make it immune to earthquakes and seismic activity. This technique is used to avoid displacement from the concrete base of the building. It improves the stability and safety levels of the structure.

Seismic Retrofitting Process

Design methods now are very advanced, with today greater knowledge of the impact of earthquakes on various structures than 20 or 30 years ago. Building codes were at the time somewhat less strict than current standards. Even if your home was built a few decades ago, it’s a good idea to fix it.

The retrofitting of these structures will reduce the cumulative damage from seismic events. While the possibility of seismic waves is absolutely not removed by any structural alteration technique, several techniques will greatly enhance your home ‘s stability and tolerance to earthquakes. The process involves the following:

  • Enhance poor relations between the roof and the wall
  • Shearing walls
  • Shearing the roof
  • Continuity connection installation
  • Setting up absorbers and blisters
  • Girders and trusses for more assistance
  • Additional dampers mitigate the effects of resonance and increase energy dissipation. It decreases structural displacement.
  • Base isolators are mounted to separate the foundation and the seismic vibration control system from the unstable earth.

Benefits of Seismic Retrofitting

  • Help to avoid structural damage and occupant injury.
  • This method aims to enhance the capacity of a building to protect occupants when an earthquake occurs.
  • It also helps to make houses residential after any severe earthquake.
  • After any seismic incident, repair costs are greatly reduced.
  • The earthquake insurance rates that have risen dramatically during recent years decrease if you have an earthquake repair completed at home.
  • In addition, most insurance providers have reduced their insurance cover, which makes it more expensive than ever to rehabilitate your home.

Restoring your home increases the chances of survival and the likelihood of you being able to make it a top priority. There is no price that you can afford to be homeless and to remain in a shelter after an earthquake. Until after the fact, many homeowners don’t even see this as an opportunity.

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.