Mayor's office urges homeowners to make seismic upgrades

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  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2012 10:53 a.m.

    You have to remember that 1 in 4 homes are deliquent in house paymnents, let alone deliquent in seismic upgrades which aren't done for free.

  • 101Ways Taylorsville, UT
    April 10, 2012 5:02 a.m.

    I think this scare is being a little overrated and many factors should be considered besides age or when it was built. First of all FEMA is not made up of master craftsmen and workers with building knowledge. Though the pioneers may not have known about specific areas of seismic actions they knew of its existence and build homes and structures according to craftsmanship and knowledge that included in their construction.

    Today's workers outside of unions are not craftsmen and they have very little knowledge of the design and structures of a home, other than cheaper is better. This is one reason for the creation of unions to keep knowledge ever present in their skills. Workers without union influence or training are the most likely to have built substandard homes and buildings.

    I would say any home built after 1975 are more likely to suffer severe damage more than homes built by pioneers. After 1980 most contractors and builders engineered a home with materials not to last longer than 10 years, and they are revealing this fact as empty foreclosed homes are in gross disrepair.