Earthquake Safty & Referral Program

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Studies show that retrofitted homes in areas hit hard by earthquakes have performed well, with little or no structural damage.

Get the information you need to understand what improvements your wood-frame home will require to reduce your risk during the next earthquake.

Seismic Upgrades for Wood Frame Houses

Many people living in the Bay Area have a fatalistic view regarding earthquakes. If it happens there’s nothing I can do, so why worry about it? While it is certainly true that another great quake is inevitable in the Bay Area, identifying and correcting certain well-known structural deficiencies can avoid a tremendous amount of damage to existing wood frame houses.

Experience from the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake has confirmed what previous engineering studies have stressed: Almost all serious damage to wood frame houses has been a result of either 1) insufficient connections between frame and foundation and/or 2) insufficient lateral bracing (shear-strength) in the load bearing, supporting walls.

Without adequate frame-to-foundation connections, a house can be displaced completely from its foundation in a strong quake. Insufficient lateral bracing typically results in either a partial or complete collapse of the perimeter cripple walls, which form the basement and crawl space areas. Either form of damage can amount to a total loss scenario for the homeowner.

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