Although current Building Codes have provisions for seismic strengthening, most Bay Area homes were built before these Codes were in place. Therefore, many East Bay homes were built with un-reinforced cripple walls that are subject to collapse in an earthquake. Many foundations were installed...
Seismic safety concerns and structural renovation and repair can be a dizzying subject! As a homeowner, the best thing you can do first is become informed about the issues involved, the potential problems, and the available solutions.
Our Bay Area Retrofit Blog is our attempt to shine some light on a few of these areas where we have noticed our customers need some more information. If you have a suggestion for a topic you would like to see covered in our blog, please let us know.
Many property owners question whether they should buy earthquake insurance or retrofit their property. In an area as seismically active as California, all property owners should examine the pros and cons of investing in earthquake insurance and/or retrofitting a building.
The August 24th, 2014 cluster of back-to-back earthquakes on the South Napa fault is another reminder of how important it is that we continue to focus on creating earthquake resistant buildings.