Are your home foundations earthquake ready?

Are your home foundations earthquake ready?

Foundations are the primary connection between the ground and the building. They can stop your house from sliding or toppling in an earthquake.

It may be possible to check your foundations by yourself by following our checklist below. Or, for greater peace of mind, get an inspection by a licenced building practitioner. Expect to pay from $300 for an inspection, and approximately $2,000 for the basic improvements, to an average house, suggested below.

Inspecting the foundations safely.

  • DIY level: EASY
  • Time: 30 mins

With a little bit of preparation you can safely secure the foundations to your house.

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Are the piles in good condition?

  • DIY level: MODERATE
  • Time: 30 mins

This section will help you determine if your foundations are in good health or if they’ve seen better days.

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Is the house properly tied to the piles?

  • DIY level: EASY
  • Time: 2 days

Piles that are well connected to a house will help minimise movement and damage in an earthquake.

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Are the piles properly supported by bracing?

  • DIY level: HARD
  • Time: 1 day

Piles need support to prevent toppling in earthquakes. Find out what to look for.

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Page last updated: 24 Feb 2017

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