EARTHQUAKE RETROFIT YOUR SEATTLE HOME

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Why retrofit?

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“Sound Seismic did an excellent job with our retrofit!”

“From the initial quote and explanation of the process to scheduling and executing the work. These were the best contractors we have used to date.  They are timely, communicative and extremely clean.
Cannot recommend them enough!”

— Aley T., Seattle WA —

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Done correctly, a seismic retrofit greatly reduces the likelihood and severity of structural damage in an earthquake. However, an improperly or incompletely retrofitted home might actually suffer more damage during an earthquake. Why would you trust your home to anybody but a retrofit specialist?

This is how we do it:

Assess your home

After an informative phone call and very rough ballpark budget, you may invite us out to assess your home in person.  During this hour long meeting, we will determine your home's vulnerabilities, and explain what work we will do to reinforce those weaknesses.  After we take notes and measurements, we will prepare and present a fixed price proposal to retrofit your home.  Our bid always includes a building permit and any required engineering, plus finish removal and replacement if needed.

Secure Hardware

You'll hear from our team as your schedule date approaches.  We'll do a walk-through to make sure you are ready for us.  Then our trained crew will show up, put down dust protection, and remove finishes as needed.  Once the walls and foundation are exposed, we retrofit your home.  This is a noisy process, where we install anchor bolts, hold downs, framing, insulation, plywood shear panels, connecting hardware, and other elements.  We'll handle all the building inspections so your permit is "finaled" by the building department.

Restore and Clean

We always do a thorough cleanup and answer any final questions you have.  We'll replace any siding or sheetrock we removed, and you'll get a final invoice.  Finally, we leave you with the plans and permit, as well as a certificate of completion (or your insurance company's form).  Any issues? Let us know and we'll make things right.  Everything good?  Please leave us a Google Review!

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Since 1999

Sound Seismic is Seattle’s Leading Earthquake Retrofitter.

Sound Seismic - Seattle's best trained and most trusted seismic retrofit contractor since 1999. . We are the most knowledgable dedicated retrofitting contractor in Seattle when it comes to seismic engineering, permit guidelines, and earthquake insurance requirements.
 

Why Retrofit?

Help your home survive the next earthquake - which might be MUCH more destructive than Nisqually. Nisqually was a magnitude 6.8 deep slab earthquake. Deep slab earthquakes are the most frequent type of event in Western Washington, but we are overdue for much more violent events on the Cascadia subduction zone (like the 2011 mega quake in Japan) and on the Seattle fault zone (similar to the destructive quakes in Christchurch, New Zealand and in Haiti).

Seismic retrofitting, also called earthquake retrofitting (or earthquake proofing), is technical work. Seismic retrofitting is more than just "foundation bolting". Earthquake retrofitting involves securing your home using foundation anchors (or foundation bolts), shear walls, "hold-downs", and framing connectors or shear transfer ties; each element installed to specific engineered standards.

Done correctly, a seismic retrofit will create a more earthquake resistant home. However, an improperly or incompletely retrofitted home might actually suffer more damage during an earthquake. Would you trust your joint replacement to a GP rather than an orthopedic surgeon?  Why would you trust your home to anybody but a retrofit specialist?

 

How to Choose a Retrofit Contractor

Not all retrofit contractors are the same.  Some have slick websites and claim to have lots and lots of experience. We advise that you log onto the WA L&I website HERE to check the license and history of any contractor you are considering working with. You might be surprised with what you find. One company's name suggests that they are retrofit specialists, but their license reveals that they are actually a painting contractor that also does some retrofits. Check out other companies and you will find that they have only been retrofitting since 2016.

Whether you want to qualify for earthquake insurance, protect your investment, or keep your family secure, retrofitting is the answer. Our service area covers all of Seattle, Shoreline, and some surrounding areas.

For a professional evaluation of your home and a retrofit estimate, please call us at (206) 352-5644 or fill out our contact form.

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Sound Seismic
7543 15th Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98117

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