If you own a home, chances are you’re interested in protecting your investment. There are plenty of disasters that can occur which may cause your investment in your home to become compromised, including financial hardship; however, what’s out of sight is often out of mind. When it comes to natural disasters, Californians have been through plenty; fires, mudslides, floods, you name it. Earthquakes, however, are a different story all together. They’re a silent, but imminent threat to our homes and communities, which leaves many homeowners wondering every so often, “what can I do to keep my home safe in the event of a serious earthquake?”
You might have considered going through a process of earthquake retrofitting in order to better secure your home’s foundation, which is an important process to undergo if you live in the Southern California area especially—an area that has seen significant earthquake damages over the decades. But before you decide to go through the motions of finding the right company to handle the process, there are a few hidden things you need to know about earthquake retrofitting.
1. Companies Tend to Overcharge
Since earthquake retrofitting can be a complex process, it’s relatively easy for companies to take advantage of the public’s limited knowledge on the topic. When homeowners are confronted with the reality that their foundation is in need of repair, they’re not necessarily certain of what it will take to ensure their home’s safety and integrity. Finding an honest, reputable company that will give you realistic options and their likely outcomes at a competitively affordable rate is your best bet. All it takes is a little research!
2. Earthquake Retrofitting is Often Necessary for Homes in California
On the flipside, some homeowners are certain that their home is safe, secure, and sturdy and can outlast the next “big one.” Unfortunately, for the majority of the homes in the Southern California area this is far from realistic. Not all homes were built to a set of standards that will protect a home from seismic activity, and this can extend above what sits on the ground. While the terrain in many California areas is usually far from flat, the integrity of the foundation is important; but everything above your foundation should also be checked out to look for the common signs of internal damage due to ongoing earthquake activity.
3. The Age of Your Home Might Indicate Unstable Construction
You might not know this, but homes that are older than 2 decades are at the highest level of risk to earthquake damages. Earthquake retrofitting is an affordable way to address the foundational issues of such homes that were not built to the appropriate codes and standards at the time.
4. There Isn’t Just One Way to Secure Your Home’s Foundation
Many building companies don’t want you to know that there are many different ways to tackle an earthquake retrofitting procedure. Depending on the ground your home sits on, the age of the building, and the presence of existing damages to the home or foundation, your specific home might benefit from a single procedure or multiple procedures in order to adequately address the problem. You can solve this dilemma by asking for multiple opinions from reputable companies in the area and weighing your options.
5. Many Foundation “Experts” Aren’t Licensed Contractors
It’s an unfortunate truth, but many foundational repair businesses are not licensed contractors. This is problematic, as there is no way of guaranteeing or insuring the work that is performed. Furthermore, you can learn a lot about a company’s integrity by their certifications. Before you hire a company to handle your earthquake-retrofitting job, be sure that they’re properly licensed and highly experienced in the profession.
How We Can Help You
The experts here at Troy Builders have built a reputation for their affordability, honesty, and integrity when it comes to their expertise in earthquake retrofitting processes. In the Southern California areas of Tarzana, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Glendale, Long Beach and Woodland Hills, CA, earthquake prominence is something that residents fear daily—and rightfully so. The thought of losing your home and legacy in a few moments time is a stressful prospect to imagine. Earthquake retrofitting can save you money in damages, can spare you the hardship of financial loss and burden, and can ensure the safety of you and your family members. If you would like to know more about our company or our services, please contact us right away for an inspection or a consultation. We look forward to being given the opportunity to help you secure your home and your future.