- C$139 for an In-Home Earthquake Safety and Damage Prevention Consultation (C$300 value)
A Chat with Shear Seismic Inc. - Earthquake Retrofits for Homes
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Shear Seismic specializes in preventing earthquake damage to homes and reducing the risk of injury to family members. Our structural retrofits ensure houses cannot be shaken from their foundations, which is the number one cause of catastrophic earthquake damage. The second biggest problem is the collapse of garages carrying the weight of a second storey. We strengthen them to withstand literally tons of earthquake force. Retrofitting also reduces the risk of a fire igniting in the home.
What is one of your most popular offerings?
When one considers that insurance will not keep people safe during an earthquake and that home insurance deductibles can easily reach $100,000, owners quickly realize that retrofits are the most practical form of protection there is.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Shear Seismic was founded by Marney Mutch in the wake of the 2011 Japan and Christchurch earthquakes. The destruction witnessed was a wake-up call to what could well happen to British Columbia homes when the anticipated megaquake strikes. Marney’s expertise in seismic engineering principles, retrofit design, and advanced installation techniques was achieved through extensive training by three of California’s top residential retrofit experts.
What do you love most about your job?
Frankly, I love designing retrofits. One finds a lot of challenging quirks in older homes and it’s fantastic to have the ace California team for peer review. Most of all, I meet a lot of lovely people, our customers, and it is immensely satisfying to see how reassured they are about their decision when the work’s done and tell of sleeping more peacefully.