The photo above shows what an earthquake can do to a house that's not anchored to its foundation. Like the house above, most homes in Portland aren't anchored, and are at risk of serious damage. Is yours? Call Oregon Seismic today at
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If your home was built before 1975, chances are it's not anchored to its foundation. In the old days, home builders didn't think about earthquake safety.
And that's a problem. Because these days, scientists are forecasting that the coming Cascadia Subduction Zone quake could be many times stronger than the California one that toppled the house shown above. And when our big quake finally comes, any home that is not anchored could "walk" or slide off of its foundation.
When that happens, your home -- perhaps your most important investment -- could be seriously damaged. If it slides off its foundation it could easily be so damaged it has to be torn down. Your home insurance policy does not cover earthquake damage. So you could find yourself stuck making mortgage payments on a pile of rubble.
Beyond the risk to your investment, there is also the matter of safety. You and your family don't want to be inside an un-anchored house during a major earthquake. It's a dangerous place to be.
If you are living in a home made before 1975 and it has not yet been anchored -- these are the risks you are taking every day.
The good news is that there's a simple solution.
Getting your home anchored to its foundation is easy and affordable.
The cost of a complete foundation anchoring and seismic retrofit for your home ranges from $2500-$6500, depending on size and complexity. Chances are, it will cost less than 1% of the value of your home. If your home is currently un-anchored, this is a very sensible expenditure to protect your investment and peace of mind.
Oregon Seismic retrofits are completed to the highest technical standards and comply with FEMA, International Existing Building code (IEBC) and City of Portland prescriptive guidelines for residential structures.
When your retrofit is completed, you will also qualify for affordable earthquake insurance. Insurance companies know what a huge difference a retrofit makes -- that is why they only offer earthquake insurance for pre-1975 homes if they have been retrofitted. So not only will your retrofit protect you and your home, it will also enable you to get earthquake insurance so you are doubly protected.
So if you're living in a home built before 1975, and you want to protect your investment and your safety -- make sure it's properly anchored. A full retrofit only takes a few days.
To schedule a free seismic evaluation of your home, call Oregon Seismic today at
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