Is Your Home Ready?
In general if you have a newer home, it will have some seismic building code advancements when compared to those of yesteryear. Modern day building codes call for the frame of the house to be joined to the foundation, as an example. This was not the case for my home that was built in 1919. My house was built with "gravity" in mind. The foundation was poured and the frame was placed a top the foundation and the force of gravity has held it upright for years. However, gravity may loose the battle when the earth begins to shake, so we decided to investigate what could be done to mitigate this risk.
We looked into earthquake supplemental insurance and opted against the provision, as we weighed the costs against the benefits and we weren't assured that it was a sound mitigation strategy. That being said, that should not prevent you from considering that option.
Then we looked into having our home retrofit. We examined the cost and time constraints for having a professional versus learning how to do it ourselves. We learned about a program offered through the Phinney Neighborhood Association in partnership with the City of Seattle and decided to learn more about retrofitting. The class suited our needs perfectly. It gave us information to weigh for choosing a reputable professional or taking on the project ourselves. In the end, we opted to do it ourselves or rather I should give my husband credit for doing it himself. I should also mention that we have an unfinished basement and that helped to keep the costs down considerably.
If you would like to learn more about this program, I encourage you to visit Phinney Neighborhood Association. Unfortunately, the class scheduled for this upcoming Saturday, November 7th, is full.
Home Safety/Preparedness Assessments
Did you know that HT2 offers a customized service, wherein we will come to your home and assess your level of safety and preparedness? We will help you identify your gaps and provide a streamlined process to find and implement solutions quickly.
We will meet with you and your loved ones to discuss your current state, tour your home for potential risks and generate a report of findings for you and your loved ones. Think of the restful sleep you will have, knowing your family is better prepared to mitigate the impact from day-to-day emergencies and natural disasters.
If you would like to learn more about this service please Contact Us!