David Read

Dave Read has decades of experience in all aspects of the housing industry. He is a General Contractor, Real Estate Broker and has experience in mortgage and construction lending, investments, development and enjoys remodeling. He has observed market trends, house styles, materials and construction methods since the split-entry, a conversation pit and avocado green appliances were favorites, back when, a built-in dishwasher was an extra upgrade.

With more than four decades helping people have a roof over their heads he has made many friends and helped grandparents, parents, and children as many family’s trusted agent for generations.

Dave was entrusted with the preservation of a century old house in the course of his business investments. The March 2020 Magna Quake caused structural damage and almost brought it down. Dave’s investment was literally just another strong jolt away from becoming a heap of ‘bricks and sticks’ to be hauled off.

Dave assembled an expert team to save the historic old house and found so much that can be done that homeowners, real estate agents and even contractors just don’t know that would have saved a lot of expense and grief. Dave began a crusade to raise awareness and encourage preparedness. He greatly desires to save anybody else from the potential loss of a home but even more importantly to help his friends, clients and family avoid injury or loss of life by preparing before the inevitable next event occurs.

R House Strong LLC dba Seismic Safety Systems is Dave’s way of inviting you to become friends like family as we work to reinforce, strengthen, protect and eliminate hazards in your home with proven methods that really make all the difference in the world.

Our Mission

Seismic Safety Systems is Passionate about:

People– We are people helping people live in stronger safer homes.

Preparedness– Nobody can prevent or predict earthquakes but we can prepare houses with proven systems to make homes stronger, safer and more durable.

Peace– We encourage ongoing peace of mind and comfort because people feel secure knowing they have protected the loved ones in their home.

Protection– Houses with little or no damage after a catastrophe will protect and shelter people to support aid to those greatly impacted. We advocate to protect the value of the investment people make in a safer home.

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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 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 manager

    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.