Earthquakes can tremendously damage Seattle homes and businesses while also causing life-threatening situations. That’s why homeowners, business owners, and contractors must stay updated on the newest advances in earthquake and seismic fastening systems. Let’s look at some of the latest advances available for improving seismic protection in your home or business.
Earthquake Resistant Bolts
Installing earthquake-resistant bolts is one of the most widely used methods for strengthening a structure during an earthquake. These bolts are designed to absorb shocks from seismic waves and keep your building intact.
They are made up of two parts—the head, a thick metal plate attached to the wall, and the body, which consists of two plates connected with large nuts and washers. Earthquake-resistant bolts come in various sizes and can be customized to fit any application.
Seismic Isolation Systems
Seismic isolation systems are another way of providing additional protection against earthquakes. These systems work by isolating a structure from ground movements during an earthquake.
This isolation reduces the amount of energy transmitted through the structure during a seismic event, thus reducing damage and potential loss of life due to the collapse or destruction of the building’s foundation system. Seismic isolation systems can be installed either before or after construction has begun on a building, depending on its location and design needs.
Base Isolation System
The base isolation system is one type of seismic isolation system that has gained popularity due to its ability to provide more effective protection against earthquakes than other methods, such as structural braces or friction pendulums.
The base isolation system works by separating a structure’s main support columns from its foundations using flexible bearings that allow vertical movement but restrict horizontal movement between them during an earthquake.
This reduces strain on both the foundation and main support columns while still allowing them to move independently during an earthquake without compromising structural integrity or stability.
Earthquake and seismic fastening systems are essential for protecting your Seattle home or business from potential damage caused by seismic activity. By staying informed about the latest technological advances, you can ensure that your home or business will be protected against even the strongest earthquakes imaginable! Contact Evergreen Seismic today to learn how you can stay protected!
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