If you live in Valencia or its nearby communities, you live in earthquake country. It’s not a matter of if an earthquake will strike, but when. The 7.1 Loma Prieta earthquake produced devastating and far-reaching damage, and while nobody can completely guarantee your safety when the next big one hits, you can take certain steps to minimize the danger. One of such steps involves a foundation retrofit for your home.
A foundation retrofit may not be as sexy of an investment as a room addition or a kitchen remodel, but the peace of mind that comes from knowing you took the necessary steps to protect your family could pay huge dividends down the road.
What About Retrofitting and Building Codes?
There are no current building codes to address retrofitting for several reasons. Houses are extremely different in styles, accessibility, and seismic vulnerability. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, to implement far-reaching standards that can be applied fairly and consistently. Additionally, seismic retrofitting is voluntary. Thus, homeowners are free to do as much or as little as they want.
However, seismic improvements do require a building permit. An inspector will conduct a plan check and review the proposed work, also visiting the property to sign off on the work when it is done. Inspectors are likely to inspect peripheral work to ensure that your safety is the number one priority.
Contact Us Today to Discuss Your Foundation Retrofitting Project
At A-Z Vision Remodeling, we take pride in the exceptional quality of our work and the personal connection we build with every client to create an affordable and more enjoyable living experience in their home. Call us at (818) 616-3976 or complete our “Request a Quote” form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your foundation retrofitting project.
We have been family owned and locally operated for over 35 years, proudly serving Santa Clarita, Valencia, Castaic, Stevenson Ranch, Fillmore, Sunland, Sylmar, Granada Hills, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, San Fernando, Burbank, Pasadena, Alta Dena, La Puente, Baldwin Park, Arcadia, Rancho Cucamonga, Pomona, Santa Paula, and other surrounding Southern California communities.