Earthquake-Proof Home Building On a Budget
The technological advances that have improved the building process for earthquake resistance to date is astounding. Every new earthquake that hits gives builders and engineers a chance to figure out how to make homes and buildings more resistant to earthquakes and natural disasters.
It's important to take measures and precautions when building your home if you live in an earthquake prone area. Not every earthquake precaution is standard when building a home, and there are some inexpensive ways to make sure safety is the number one priority as you create your new home.
Anchor Your House to the Foundation
During the initial building phase, it's important to make sure that your home is anchored to the foundation. This can be done by bolting it to the foundation so that your home doesn't slide off it in the event of an earthquake. Your contractor should have no problem doing this.
Create a Proper System for Runoff
When it rains, if the water stays near your foundation it can expand and contract, creating damage to your foundation that will make it crumble or fall apart more easily during an earthquake. You can prevent this by making sure that water goes away from the house, and that you properly maintain all drainage and water run off systems, as well as keeping gutters clear so the water can flow properly.
Brace Your Water Heater
Architectural consultants who earned their geology degrees online say water heaters that are not braced and secured during the building period can tip over or fall during earthquakes, causing fires and gas line leaks. You can buy a commercially available kit at your local home goods store and install it yourself, but it's best to let a professional do it, since it's regarding a safety concern.
So often we are concerned with securing the foundation and structure of the house for earthquakes that we forget to reinforce some of the things inside the house. When you are finishing the build and installing fixtures, brace the lights and ceiling fans so they don't crash down when they start to move from earthquake activity. Use bracing wire to secure each fixture to the ceiling joist for extra measure.
Most building codes are up-to-date with current earthquake regulations in seismic areas, so you shouldn't have to think too much about creating an earthquake-proof home since the professionals should do that for you. However, these are a few ways in which you can take extra precautions to earthquake-proof your home.