Seismic Retrofit

If your home was built prior to 1980, chances are it was not designed to withstand a significant seismic event. Prior to 1980, building codes did not require anchor bolts and shear walls that help prevent structures from sliding off the foundation during a severe earthquake.
We live in a region that is vulnerable to seismic activity. If you were in Seattle during the 2001 Nisqually earthquake you probably recall the impact the 6.8 magnitude quake had on our city. Imagine the impact an 8 or 9 magnitude quake could have.

The good news is there are relatively easy and comparatively inexpensive ways to retrofit your home. The peace of mind that comes with protecting your family and your home may be worth the cost alone.

Most residential retrofits cost between $10,000 and $15,000, a fraction of the cost compared to restoring a significantly damaged home. Not to mention lengthy delays caused by a widespread incident and displacement if the home is unsafe to inhabit.

Ryan Vytlacil of Seattle Seismic details what is involved in a seismic retrofit. The following link takes you to Ryan’s post A Detailed Look at Seismic Retrofitting. This informative article covers the process, step-by-step.

To schedule an assessment of your home or commercial building, please Submit a Work Request. If you contact Ryan directly, please let him know Contractor Hotline helped you find him. We are available for you throughout the entire process to ensure your complete satisfaction.

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