Seattle is no stranger to earthquakes, and its historic homes are particularly vulnerable to seismic activity. Fortunately, seismic foundation retrofitting can help protect these structures from the worst of a major quake. This blog post will discuss the basics of seismic retrofitting and how it can help preserve the city’s history.
What is Seismic Foundation Retrofitting?
Seismic foundation retrofitting is a process in which structural elements are added or reinforced to make a building more resistant to shaking caused by an earthquake. This type of retrofitting typically involves reinforcing the foundation or walls of a structure and strengthening any parts of the building that may be weak or prone to collapse. It is important to note that not all buildings require seismic retrofitting; however, those located in areas prone to earthquakes should consider it.
The Benefits for Historic Homes
Seismic retrofitting has many benefits for historic homes in Seattle. Since these buildings were constructed before modern building codes, they may not have been designed with earthquakes in mind. As such, they are more likely to suffer significant damage during an earthquake than newer structures.
By strengthening them with seismic retrofits, these homes can better withstand major quakes and remain standing even after the worst has passed. Additionally, seismic retrofits can help reduce damage caused by minor tremors regularly occurring in Seattle and other quake-prone areas.
In addition to providing physical protection against earthquakes, seismic retrofits also offer financial benefits for homeowners in Seattle’s historic neighborhoods.
Since these buildings have been around for decades, their value has increased significantly over time—but this value could be lost if they were destroyed during an earthquake and had to be replaced with new construction. By protecting them with seismic retrofits, homeowners can ensure that their investments remain safe from potential disasters and continue to appreciate over time.
Evergreen Seismic Is Keeping Seattle Safe
Evergreen Seismic is proud to be protecting Seattle’s historic homes from the dangers associated with potential seismic activity. Our seismic foundation retrofitting provides additional reinforcement against earthquakes, helping keep these treasured buildings safe for generations. Contact us today for your free consultation and see how we can keep your property safe!
Matt came out to see if our house needs a retrofit and I was absolutely blown away by his honesty, knowledge and professionalism. He advised against retrofitting our house due to the newer age of the home but did provide me with a tonne of useful information that I did not come across during my research and while speaking with other retrofit companies.