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Aug 25

Earthquake Preparedness Makes Sense Disaster Beware

The recent events in Japan illustrate how even adequate forethought and cautious preparedness may be no match for a natural disaster.  Yet, consider the adage ”Better safe than sorry.”   Let this remind us that we are better off when we are prepared for a catastrophic event, than not.

Different sections of the country are familiar with seasonal natural events.  Winters in the north and east often result in springtime flooding.  The center of the country is no stranger to tornadoes.  The south is routinely in the direct path of hurricanes, and the west is always on the ready for a significant earthquake.

There is little we can do to forestall these events, but there is much we can do to be better prepared should they occur.

Have you given consideration to the structural condition of your home, and the placement of your precious assets within the home, should a natural disaster strike?  In the event of a sudden calamity will you have easy access to gather up your most precious belongings?  Should you need to evacuate your home, do you have an exit plan in place for your family?

Most homes across the country are built from wood frame design.  Typically, stud wall construction is sheared with a plywood, composite materials, or planking to add strength to the overall structure. Exterior facings such as stucco, stone, brick or clapboard supply a secondary layer of strength.

The ‘bones’ of your home are studs, and they sit on wooden sills, which are on top of the foundation walls, or footings. Often, over time the bottom end of the stud (where the stud meets the sill) will decay from moisture.  Sometimes insect or rodent  infestation including termites will cause the wood to decay.  When this happens, the studs within the wall simply collapse upon the sill, dragging the exterior shearing down with it in a vertical drop.  This in itself is not necessarily a significant structural problem.  However if you notice there are horizontal cracks in the exterior of your home, or perhaps horizontal bulging in the siding, or masonry, you may have a more serious structural concern to deal with.

he weight of any structure will settle itself upon the exterior walls, with the weight load carried down onto the footings.  But should the structural ‘bones’ have been compromised by decay, and a violent movement occur, there could be structural collapse.

Did you know Handyman Headquarters can provide you with a knowledgeable professional to examine your home, survey its condition, and make recommendations that may save your home from a natural calamity?

Whether you need advice on how to fortify your foundation, strengthen your homes exterior, rid your home of termites, or design a sensible storage plan for your precious objects, Handyman Headquarters is a click away.  Go to Handyman Headquarters at http://www.la-laborjobs.com/handyman/ today and connect with professionals local to your area who are familiar with the seasonal natural events typical to your area.  Handyman Headquarters contractors know their stuff and have the expertise to help you with your home preparedness project.

 

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