Brace your Garage Door Opening

Garages are particularly vulnerable to earthquake damage, and especially if there is living space above the garage. The narrow walls on either side of the garage opening must be able to support the seismic load that is transferred from the roof and additional living...
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Earthquake Preparedness Tips for Your Home

Here is a list of 13 Earthquake Preparedness Tips for homeowners living in earthquake country. 1. Check chimneys, roofs, and wall foundations for stability. Make sure that your home is bolted to its foundation. Call a licensed contractor if there are any questions. 2. Learn...
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Baja Earthquake Puts Strain On Los Angeles

The magnitude 7.2 earthquake that rocked desert communities in Baja, Mexico on 4 April 2010 appears to have transferred strain onto southern California faults, raising the risk of a “Big One” in the Los Angeles Basin, scientists said yesterday at a meeting of the...
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Latest Southern California Rains Might Jeopardize Your Home’s Foundation!

California Foundation Works Warns of Poor Drainage Problems Can Damage your Home Foundations! If you live near Los Angeles, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, then you’ve heard the warnings. People who live in canyons prone to mudslides have been told to...
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Requiring Sidewalk Repairs at the Point of Sale

How does a point-of-sale strategy work? Before any sale, the city inspects the sidewalk fronting the property. If the inspector finds that damage or displacement of the sidewalk creates an unsafe condition, the owner must pay to fix it before completing the sale. Los...
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Are You Prepared for the next Earthquake?

Unlike hurricanes or some other natural disasters, earthquakes strike suddenly and without warning, therefore the only thing you can do is take preventative measures and be prepared for the next earthquake in advance, before a deadly earthquake strikes in your area. There are things...
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Improve The Marketability of Your Buildings!

Sellers of residential buildings are always looking for ways to make their properties more marketable. One way to improve the marketability of your buildings is by performing a seismic retrofit (earthquake retrofit) PRIOR to the sale. In addition to improving the marketability of your buildings...
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