Strengthen Your House

Is Your House Earthquake Ready?

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Is your house earthquake-ready? How you would you like to receive up to $3,000 toward an earthquake retrofit of your house? The Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) program provides homeowners up to $3,000 to lessen the potential for earthquake damage. A typical retrofit may cost between $3,000 and $7,000 depending on the location and size of the house, contractor fees, and the amount of materials and work involved.

The primary purpose of earthquake retrofitting is to keep your home from being displaced from its concrete foundation — making the building safer and less prone to major structural damage during an earthquake. Homes constructed more than two decades ago may need earthquake strengthening upgrades to their foundations. The EBB program relies on adherence to the California Existing Building Code, Appendix Chapter A3, which sets prescriptive standards for seismic retrofits of existing family residential buildings.

Houses that meet Chapter A3 specifications are typically:

  • wood-framed construction built before 1979
  • built on a level or low slope
  • constructed with a 4-foot (or less) cripple wall under the first floor OR
  • constructed with a cripple wall between 4 feet and 7 feet (requires an engineered solution)
  • have a raised foundation

Homeowner registration will be open January 25th – February 27, 2017 for residents living in Watsonville, CA 95076. Homeowners interested in participating must create an online account, answer questions, and review the program guidelines. For more information call 1-877-232-4300 or go to https://www.earthquakebracebolt.com/HomeownerRegistration.

 

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