For most of us, our home is our largest investment. Protect that investment by making sure your home has been seismically retrofitted. Seismic retrofitting is a simple process of attaching the wood framing of your house down to it's foundation. This not only protects your home, but your family as well.
It is estimated that more than 125,000 homes within the city of Seattle are not retrofitted, and projected that there are another 125,000 more in the surrounding cities and communities. These homes are resting on their foundations, held in place by nothing but gravity. Unfortunately, the Pacific Northwest is extremely unprepared for a catastrophic earthquake.
Most of the Seattle neighborhoods were developed in the early 20th century when there was a population explosion. It is estimated that nearly 75% of all homes within the city limits were built prior to 1975, before there were modern seismic codes in new construction to attach homes down to their foundations.
Prior to the 1960’s, we had very little knowledge of the effectiveness of earthquake retrofitting. With better understanding of how homes perform in the event of an earthquake in urban areas, we now have techniques and solutions to minimize damage, injury, and risk. Earthquake retrofitting has been proven to be very much effective in northern and southern California where seismic events are more frequent.