We offer thorough repairs for the following types of common home damage:
- Cracks and separations
*Foundation repair will be done prior to any other repairs
“Upgrades” are easy repairs done through accessible areas of the home. Upgrades are:
- Proactive Preparation
- Limited Scope
- Strengthen Vulnerable Features
Connections are made with metal brackets to improve the structural integrity.
Comprehensive to encompass reinforcing, integrating, connecting and bracing:
- Roof to wall
- Foundations to wall
- Floor(s) to wall
- Attic, trusses, chimney, etc.
Best coordinated with a major remodel for optimal safety
What you need to know is that
Utah is Earthquake Country
Everybody is at risk. Exposed fault line on the surface (called escarpment) does not tell where the deeper angled slip zone progresses as it goes deeper into the earth. Liquefaction and earthen shock waves are more a potent risk than the exposed movement at the upper fault line. “In a typical year, UUSS locates over 1,500 earthquakes in the Utah region.”
Before and After Earthquake
the 6.7 magnitude earthquake
*Images taken from the California 2005 Edition of the Homeowner's Guide to Earthquake Safety
the 6.7 magnitude earthquake
Before and After
seismic retrofit with exterior remodel
I live in an old home, so what?
Why Does it Matter?
Calling us now may save your home from becoming unsafe or being damaged beyond repair, becoming a pile of rubble when the next quake happens. We might keep your chimney from crashing through the ceiling and into your home or possibly prevent total collapse. Would you call if we can protect the lives of your loved ones and reduce the chance of serious injury during an earthquake?
$10,000 prevention could save $100,000 in damage or more. Demolition and clean up of a damaged house and then rebuilding will cost far more than new construction alone. After a damaging earthquake materials and labor will be in short supply, costs will go up and normal insurance does not cover this peril. Aftershocks may cause more damage to weakened structures than the initial quake.
Does Your House Look Like This?
If so, that means it was built before recent seismic discoveries were made and new earthquake building regulations were instigated for new houses in Utah. Our number 1 priority is providing safety for you and your family. So get in touch! We offer free consultations.
*Images taken from The 2016 Utah Guide for the Seismic Improvement of Unreinforced Masonry Dwellings
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“Unreinforced masonry (URMs) buildings and homes create the greatest risk for the Salt Lake Valley in the expected Utah earthquake. Salt Lake City’s Fix the Bricks facilitates seismic improvements for its residents URMs in an effort to save lives by reducing the number of deaths, injured and trapped after an earthquake. Preparedness starts at home. Act now!”Salt Lake Fix the Brickshttps://www.slc.gov/em/fix-the-bricks/
“There’s a roughly 50% chance that a magnitude 6 or larger earthquake will shake the Wasatch Front in the next half century. And many older structures would not withstand it.
In order to prevent that from happening, contractors can tie the roof to the walls and strap down the chimney to prevent it from tipping, among other strategies. But that can be expensive, running homeowners $15,000 to $20,000.”Bob CareyThe Utah Division of Emergency Management's earthquake program mangager
“Uniform Building Code (UBC): In 1927, the first edition of the UBC contained seismic provisions in its appendix for new construction, but it was not widely adopted. In the middle part of the 20th century, cities typically maintained unique seismic design requirements in local ordinances that were loosely similar to parts of the UBC and local variations in practice resulted in many inconsistencies. By the late 1970’s, most local governments were adopting various editions of the UBC with local amendments, but consistency in adoption dates and editions didn’t emerge until the 1980’s.”Fred TurnerRevisiting Earthquake Lessons - Unreinforced Masonry Buildings
“Masonry is the most used material in the historical buildings of the European architectural heritage. The mechanical properties of these structures are often low, due to both the texture of the masonry and the poor quality of the mortar.”Elena Ferretti and Giovanni PascaleSome of the Latest Active Strengthening Techniques for Masonry Buildings: A Critical Analysis
“There are no guarantees of safety during earthquakes, but properly constructed and strengthened homes are far less likely to collapse or be damaged during earthquakes.”Homeowner’s Guide to Earthquake SafetyPublished by the California Seismic Safety Commission 2020 edition
“Whatever the earthquake danger may be, it is a thing to be dealt with on the ground by skillful engineering, not avoided by flight…”G. K. Gilbert, USGS ca. 1906
“scenario modeling of a major (magnitude [M] 7.0) earthquake on the Salt Lake City segment of the Wasatch fault zone predicts 2,000 to 2,500 fatalities, 7,400 to 9,300 life-threatening injuries, 55,400 buildings completely damaged, 21 million tons of debris, and $33.2 billion in estimated short-term, direct economic losses”M. Leon Berrett, P.E.