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Residential Retrofitting

AFFORDABLE EARTHQUAKE RETROFITTING

  • Homes built before 1970 do not have earthquake stabilizers.
  • Retrofitting your home costs only a fraction of the cost of repairing earthquake damage.
  • Regular wear and tear, deterioration, and water damage can take away from a home’s stability.

WHEN IS THE “BIG ONE” GOING TO HAPPEN?

Earthquake Retrofitting

While no one knows for sure when the “Big One” will happen, damage to your home will likely occur when an earthquake strikes. The question is, will you and your family be safe in your house as it stands now? Is your valuable property protected?

For example, we know that damage to a home may happen when siding used on older homes (whether wood or stucco) is weak and provides little support or bracing to a cripple wall. However, retrofitting structural grade plywood that is properly nailed on the cripple wall in the form of a shear wall can be 20 times stronger than typical siding material and can help your home survive seismic activity!

We know that homes can withstand significant seismic activity if they have the extra support and precautionary measures offered by earthquake retrofitting. Weinstein Construction’s earthquake retrofitting professionals can help your home endure the powerful forces of an earthquake. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation!

CRIPPLE WALL REINFORCEMENT

Earthquake Retrofitting: cripple wall

Reinforcing your cripple walls will help secure your home.

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    Weinstein Construction professionals take a very close look at a home’s cripple walls as part of an earthquake retrofitting inspection.  Cripple walls are structures that connect the foundation to the floor base. Many home owners don’t know that cripple walls, commonly seen in crawlspaces, are one of a home’s greatest liabilities when an earthquake strikes!

    Without proper reinforcement through a seismic retrofit, many cripple walls are particularly susceptible to the sideways movement that a home experiences during an earthquake.  Such movement can cause one or more of the cripple walls to collapse, which can cause the entire house to shift and even fall.

    The Uniform Code of Building Conservation and the Los Angeles Building Code specify the type of plywood to be used in building shear walls, the types of nails to be used, as well as the spacing of nails, methods of attaching shear panels to the mudsill, and methods of attaching them to the floor of the house.  Weinstein Construction professionals are experts at bringing all of these safety measures to an earthquake retrofit project!

    Maintain and Replace

    An important part of earthquake retrofitting is dealing with a structure’s old construction when it is worn out or rusted.  Over time, moisture becomes trapped between the mudsill and foundation, creating rust which degrades constructional metal. Once the metal rusts, it loses its strength, causing it to sway dangerously when the earth moves.

    Worn out or rusted construction also gives water an unwanted entry into the structure, which can then cause a cascade of additional problems.  Fortunately, Weinstein Construction professionals are experts in maintaining with a structure’s old construction! Let us inspect and repair your old construction, if required.  Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation!

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is it expensive to have my home earthquake retrofitted?
    Do you drive your car without insurance?  If not, why would you live in a home that hasn’t been earthquake retrofitted?   We can say with certainty that it is much more affordable to retrofit your home against earthquakes, than it is to repair your home after it is damaged in an earthquake! The standard earthquake retrofitting job may cost a few thousand dollars, but the damage from a single earthquake can easily cost more than 10 times that amount.  Moreover, in some circumstances, the extent of earthquake damage may be so severe and extensive that the property is not repairable, forcing the home owner to either rebuild the home from scratch or purchase and move into a new home.  And so the question is, how can you put a cost on sleeping better at night, knowing that you and your family are safe? Of course such peace of mind is priceless! And don’t forget that you might even receive a discount on your homeowner’s insurance premiums!
    Are there different options and prices that I can choose from?
    Yes, of course.  There are a variety of options from you to choose from, all at various prices points that most home owners can afford.  Weinstein Construction professionals can come to your home as soon as the next day for a free, no-obligation inspection and consultation.  From there, we will give you as many different choices and prices to choose as are available, based upon the condition of your house and the amount of work we will need to do to make your home safer.  No matter what services you need and what kind of budget you are on, we will have the right solution for you!
    Do I need a permit for this service?
    Yes.  You will need a permit for most earthquake retrofitting services.  However, Weinstein Construction professionals will take care of the entire permitting process for you (unless of course, you would like to do it on your own).  In most cases, home owners want us to make sure that all of the right permits are pulled correctly for the job we do.
    How do I know if my home needs earthquake retrofitting?
    If you home was built before the 1970s, then you may very well need earthquake retrofitting. Proper earthquake retrofitting in the greater Los Angeles was not a standard practice for most homes built before the 1970s.  Moreover, even if your home was retrofitted in some fashion in the 1970s, or was even built after the 1970s, there's still a substantial chance that your home will need additional support.   Why take the chance?  Call Weinstein Construction professionals for a free, no-obligation assessment of your home’s needs.  The next "Big One" can strike anytime, and you need to make sure that your home and family are as safe as they can possibly be.  Remember, when we talk about earthquakes, it’s not “if” the next “Big One” hits, it’s “when” it hits…
    How long does it take to get the job done?
    Typically, your home will have protection in 1-3 days.  Having said that, much depends on your home’s condition and what needs to be accomplished.  This type of a job typically does not take a very long time to complete, and it will do so much good for your home.  Don’t delay or take a chance that an earthquake will damage your home – call Weinstein Construction today for a free, no-obligation consultation!

    Joanne Carlini

    I am very satisfied and they left everything clean...I feel that they did very good work and I’m quite satisfied.

    Joanne Carlini

    Mark Strong

    I'm very happy!

    Mark Strong

    Martin Schirmeister

    I’d like to recommend Weinstein Retrofitting for the job they did on our house. They were clean and efficient, did a remarkably good job.

    Martin Schirmeister

    Ellen Ball

    It’s just perfect, I’m very pleased. The guys were wonderful, clean, I feel safe for now. I recommend highly.

    Ellen Ball

    Irvin Goldberger

    Weinstein Construction Company did the retrofitting on my house. They did a beautiful job, they cleaned up after themselves, and I’m grateful for it, and I recommend them very highly to everybody.

    Irvin Goldberger

    Michael Ingbar

    House was built in 1933. They did the right job, they did a very good job and we’re very happy with the results. I recommend them.

    Michael Ingbar

    Rabbi Lipskier

    They did a great job, they were on time, clean, and the price was right. I recommend you do the same.

    Rabbi Lipskier

    The Reverend Jess Palmer

    We had our house retrofitted. Immediately we noticed the stability of it, even when we walked the house. Now it’s so much better and it’s stabilized, we’re very confident. It went very well and we’re very pleased.

    Reverend Jess Palmer

    Eddie Levin

    I was very happy. Very clean job. Very satisfied, and I recommend it to everybody.

    Eddie Levin

    Tom and Judy Fogle

    We are pleased with the results. The people were on time, they were neat, clean, and even the “big boss” was very nice and accommodating, so we’re happy with the services.

    Tom Fogle

    Yorkin Schwar

    We had used Weinstein to earthquake retrofit our house. First, my intention was to do it myself, but we got a very nice sales rep over and he went through the whole procedure and by putting a thought into I concluded that it was not worth it for me to spend 14 days under the house. They came out, a top professional crew, they did it in a day, and we really loved what they did.

    Yorkin Schwar

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    Donald Borg

    We had our basement retrofitted. Very courteous to us, very attentive. I was very impressed with the people who came to do the job. They were polite, well dressed, and really seemed to know what they were doing. We feel a lot safer now than we would have otherwise.

    Donald Borg