Seismic activities occur from naturally occurring changes in the earth’s crust. There is nothing that can be done to change or stop seismic activity. However, something can be done to decrease the damage that occurs from seismic activity. Seismic retrofitting is the process that involves stabilizing your existing structure through a variety of methods. Brackets and adding improved stabilizers where walls meet floors and ceilings are just some of the methods that seismic retrofit can be done on an existing structure. Homes, bridges, buildings, and everything else that is permanently attached can all benefit from seismic retrofitting.
Multi-Story Concrete Buildings
Concrete is heavy, and the more of it that is present, the heavier a building will be. Multi-story buildings require a myriad of improvements to ensure that the building is as safe as can be. Some improvements that we will consider are; column fiber wrapping, steel collectors, and several other fixes that we are specialists in. Our experts will analyze your building and surrounding soil. Then, we can develop a plan of action that is going to be perfect for your location. Ideally, we will be able to significantly improve the seismic resistance to the extent that your building is almost completely resistant to an earthquake.
Seismic retrofitting is an option for any established or developing structure. It should be considered for property owners who own property in a high-risk area for seismic activity and earthquakes. Retrofitting will not only increase the stability of a structure but will also create a safer environment for people who reside or work there on a regular basis. Decrease the risk for injury or litigation by implementing a seismic retrofit into the foundation or internal areas of your building. Additionally, your building will become more marketable for resale with a retrofit in place.
Insurance companies have started declining earthquake coverage on buildings that do not have some form of bolting or retrofit in place. This is due to the fact that earthquakes are increasing in number, and many insurance companies have lost a lot of money in payouts following previous catastrophes. Therefore, if you want to shop for more competitive rates and have accessibility to a large amount of insurance companies, then consider getting a seismic retrofit done. In our high-risk area, it will only become more difficult to secure a quality insurance without a retrofit installed.
How Long Does It Take?
Seismic retrofitting can be quite extensive. For a larger building, more work will have to be done which will take more time. Therefore, it is hard to put a timeframe on a seismic retrofitting without having proper knowledge of your building. Some things that we need to know before getting started are; age of the building, type of structure, does it meet soft story conditions, has it been damaged by earthquakes in the past, and what kind of foundation is it built upon. When you contact us, we will get all this information from you, and thoroughly review your property before developing a plan of action.