Is Your Home Safe in an Earthquake?
Foundation Safety Specialist Talks Earthquake Preparation and Warning Signs
LOS ANGELES, CA : Julian Construction (julianconstruction.com), a foundation repair and general contractor company in Southern California, is weighing in on what constitutes home safety and preparedness in the event of an earthquake. The company’s resident safety expert, Shawn Kyles, having inspected over 15,000 structures in his career, recently gave his professional advice on recognizing and handling home earthquake preparedness safety issues.
Mr. Kyles stated: “According to the California Seismic Safety Commission’s ‘The Homeowner’s Guide to Earthquake Safety,’ many homes have common weaknesses that can result in damage during a quake. These weaknesses include a home that isn’t anchored to its foundation, unbraced water heaters, weak cripple walls, homes built on pier and post foundations, unreinforced masonry foundations, or steep hillsides; and homes with unreinforced masonry walls or rooms over garages. When a home isn’t bolted to its foundation, it can slip off and even collapse during a quake. The damage can be so severe that the home needs to be torn down.”
Mr. Kyles went on to list specific indications of foundation damage for homeowners to watch for. He also gave handlings, as recommended by the California Seismic Safety Commission (CSSC), with notes on when and where to apply each handling. The full text of his statement can be found online.
Julian De La Torre, founder and owner of Julian Construction, stated: “We are very happy to provide data to the community on earthquake safety, and we consider it an important point of public awareness. There has been a lot of damage to homes over the years, with property damage running into the billions, which could have been prevented with proper attention to earthquake preparedness. We hope we can help homeowners be better ready in the event of an earthquake with minimized damages.”
Julian Construction owns its own company and is built on a “no middlemen” model – no salesmen, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323 733-3377, by fax at 323 733-4477 or via their website, www.julianconstruction.com. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog.