Earthquakes can be devastating natural catastrophes, wreaking havoc through cities and towns. However, luckily in our modern era, we have the technology which can help foretell their magnitude, and we can use modern machinery to repair our buildings.
When repairing buildings affected by earthquakes, it’s usually divided into two categories; non-structural and structural repairs. Preventative measures such as brace bolts and seismic retrofits can also be implemented to save from severe damage in the future.
Repairing Buildings Affected By Earthquakes
Earthquakes can cause severe structural problems in large buildings and affect the structural integrity of columns, beams, shear walls, and load-bearing walls. Once the structure has been damaged, it will either have to be repaired or demolished, depending on the level of damage.
While structural damage is relatively common in larger earthquakes, non-structural damage can occur during mild earthquakes. This includes interior walls, electrical items, and various services in the building.
Repairs needed after a mild earthquake may include; patching up various cracks that have appeared in drywall. The restoration of broken windows and doors, ensuring all electrical wiring is working, and ensuring gas and water pipes are in working order, among others.
If your home or commercial property experiences a larger earthquake, you may be left with a severe structural problem. This may entail various issues with the foundations, the home or building has slipped, or significant damage has weakened the overall strength of the building.
Before you begin any structural repairs, you’ll first want to ensure that a detailed assessment has been done on the home to assess what needs to be fixed; and whether or not the building should be demolished if the damage is too severe.
Once the structural damage assessment has been completed and the repair can go ahead, it will likely include the following fixes; removal of old masonry and the rebuilding of walls with fresh mortar. The reinforcement of mesh on cracked walls, which are then fixed with spikes and cemented over, and the sealing of large cracks with an epoxy-like material.
Preventative Measures To Take
Suppose your home has suffered during an earthquake, and you’ve assessed that the structural problems can be fixed. In that case, investing in preventative measures to ensure maximum safety is a good idea. Two of the most common are listed below.
One option for homes who have experienced severe earthquakes or want to ensure their home’s foundation is safe during a high magnitude is to make sure your home is fitted out with an earthquake brace bolt.
A brace and bolt retrofit will bolt the house’s frame to the foundation. This helps to prevent the home from moving or sliding during a large earthquake.
This is a popular foundation repair in Los Angeles, where they can experience severe earthquakes throughout the year.
The second preventative measure to take at home to ensure maximum safety during earthquakes is Seismic retrofitting. This is a modification done to the existing home or structure, which ensures they are more resistant and sturdy during varying degrees of seismic activity.
Various California companies may offer to help you with earthquake prevention in your home. Still, none do it as well and to such a high standard as Seismic Safety Ed Sylvis Construction.
This company is known for its outstanding customer service and can help you ensure that your home stays safe during seismic activity, whether you opt for earthquake brace bolts or a seismic retrofit.
So, now that you know what generally needs to be prepared after a devastating earthquake, you’re also aware that various preventive measures can be taken to ensure maximum safety.
Remember, if you’re in the California area, Seismic Safety can help ensure that your home is as safe as possible during the next earthquake.