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What is Seismic Bracing?

Earthquake contingency plans are crucial when designing homes, to ensure safety in the event of a disaster. However, this means more than just having shelter to hide in during emergencies. Having support bracing cables installed dramatically limits damage from earthquakes.  

Loos & Co. Seismic Bracing products can help prevent much of the damage caused by earthquakes, that some home and business owners may not think about. 

In today’s blog we will be going over why Seismic Bracing Cable is important, how it works to limit earthquake damage, and where it is commonly used around architecture.  

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Why is Seismic Bracing Needed?

Did you know that most of the destruction generated inside of buildings during an earthquake is not actually caused by the quake itself?  

The damage is actually triggered by improperly supported gas lines, sprinkler systems, and electrical trays that rupture and arc, producing floods, fires, or other hazards. These situations can be costly and dangerous, creating headaches for business owners long after the ground stops shaking. 

That is why it is important to employ code-compliant Seismic Bracing from Loos & Co. to defend against system failures before they happen. Let’s walk through how this bracing actually works to avert accidents, and where this support cable is used. 

How Does Seismic Bracing Work?

Seismic Bracing secures overhead, non-structural building components, such as ductwork and sprinkler lines, to structural elements like beams or ceilings. As the building shakes during an earthquake, anchored systems are allowed to move relative to their supports, so the two components shift as one unit, rather than resist each other by swaying in different directions. 

This alleviates stress over the equipment and ensures it stays securely in place. By bracing the equipment on each side, with either two or four cables depending on the application, the cable generates opposing forces that create tension and immobilize the unit.

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Seismic Bracing to Handle Seismic Loads

Our variety of Seismic Bracing bulk cable and Sway Brace kit products have breaking strengths from 920 pounds all the way up to 7000 pounds, offering the durability this application requires. This strength is also supported by easy installation. 

These products can be installed efficiently, and their lightweight make-up and convenient spools allow one individual to handle installation, rather than an entire group. 

The entire Seismic Bracing product line includes Crimping Tools, Cable Cutters, full Sway Bracing kits and Attachment Hardware, meaning we are a one-stop-shop for your entire bracing project.  

Sway Bracing Kit
Attachment Hardware

Where is it Used?

Loos & Co. bracing is found in public buildings all across the United States, including hospitals, universities, and airports. Used to support everything from plumbing and fire sprinkler systems to ductwork and suspended lighting, these products can be installed in new construction, or retrofitted to existing buildings where space and design options are limited.  

Loos cables can also be easily anchored to the building structure no matter how far away the anchoring point may be, which offers a cost-saving alternative to rigid and pipe type bracing.  

Learn More and Invest in our Seismic Bracing Cable

Seismic safety systems can be created with the help of our bulk cable or Sway Bracing Kits which use pre-stretched, color-coded galvanized aircraft cable and various attachment fittings to affix suspended equipment to a stable mounting point. For help designing your mounting configurations, Loos offers Engineers’ Tools, a user-friendly, web-based design calculator that generates code-compliant designs in just minutes.  

For more information about these safety systems, visit https://loosseismicbracing.com/our-products or request a quote with us today at https://loosseismicbracing.com/contact-us/