Earthquake Bracing Incorporated, EBI, (CA lic #1030502, FEMA-trained) participates in the Earthquake Brace & Bolt Program (EBB), and the CEA Brace and Bolt Program. We brace and bolt raised foundation homes to prevent them from sliding off their concrete foundations during earthquakes. A typical home can be completed in one day at LITTLE TO NO COST to the homeowner using the $3000 EBB (CEA) incentive. We also provide a form signed by the contractor and building inspector for a 5% discount on your homeowner’s insurance and a 20% discount on CEA Earthquake Insurance.
All work is completed in accordance with the California Existing Building Code Appendix Chapter A3 (LA Standard Plan Set 1), and retrofits comply with city and county guidelines.
We will handle the entire earthquake retrofit: from fulfilling EBB or CEA application requirements, to pulling the building permit, to providing the materials, to completing the retrofit work, and finally, to passing the building inspection.
What we do
We brace and bolt raised foundation homes to their concrete foundations. This includes bolting the wood floor framing to the concrete foundation and connecting the weak links between wood floor framing members using structural steel hardware. It may also include bracing the short wood walls, commonly called cripple walls, with plywood to increase their ability to withstand sideways motion and the resulting stress caused by an earthquake.
What do we do for our clients once there are accepted into the Earthquake Brace and Bolt program?
We completely handle the EBB application process and retrofit work from start to finish.
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We Have Retrofitted 457 HoMES for the earthquake brace and bolt program, EBB.
We are listed in the EBB Contractor Directory, CA contractors license number 1030502, and have successfully completed the FEMA training program.
It has given me a secure feeling with peace of mind to have had my foundation braced and bolted with Tim Sparks and his crew of quality workers.Joyce Seeger
I am very happy I chose Earthquake Bracing Inc. to perform the earthquake retrofitting on my raised foundation home. Tim and his crew know what they are doing. I really appreciated that Tim took care of all the details including pulling the permit, scheduling the inspection, and keeping me informed along the way. Even the building inspector was impressed by the quality of the work! If you are considering having your older home retrofitted (and you should!), I highly recommend Earthquake Bracing Incorporated.Jonathan Freeman
I have had two homes earthquake braced and bolted by EBI. Will recommend this company and have to my neighbors and friends for the expertise in the way the whole process was handled. From start to finish they made the process a stress free experience. After completing they left my property clean from construction debris. Didn’t have to do anything more than sign up and they handled the rest. Very professional. Jobs well done.Art Fletcher
Earthquake Brace Bolt is a great program from the State of CA and you can find no better company than this. When the county building inspector came out to inspect the work, he told me this was one of the finest job he had ever seen and he had seen many. They used more brace brackets than they were required to use and they also used a better quality bolt than was required. I highly recommends them and the state grant covered the entire cost so there was no out of pocket expense.Ron Coats
Earthquake Bracing Inc. handled all the requirements for my home to be earthquake safe. I met Tim Sparks when he was handing out information on the project and he was very professional from our first meeting through the completion of the entire project. He and all his workers are very friendly and they are willing to help in every way to ensure everything get done properly and with clear understanding of the customer. I have referred his company to many people and he is the only person I care to recommend. These guys are great. I highly recommend Earthquake Bracing Inc. for any and all Seismic Bracing.Brad Dennis
4/1/2019: Tim Sparks and his team are the epitome of customer service and professionalism. From the very beginning to final end, EBI managed and completed the job without stress on us. Tim took the time to educate us about the process, helped us to complete the online application process, and pulled necessary permits and finally his team retrofitted the house. The whole process was simple and stress free because of EBI.James Wang
Earthquake Bracing Incorporated completed the earthquake bracing on my 100 year old home in the city of Redlands. I was the fourth home on this street to be completed by this company and could not be more satisfied with their work. The workmen were meticulous in their work and the final product was so well done that the City of Redlands used the bracing under our home to train their new inspectors. I would highly recommend this company.John Faulkner
Tim and EBI are a no brainer. He was ready to come to Pomona from San Bernardino to pull permit the same day I contacted him. He comes prepared with the braces, work begins the next day and inspection the day after that. He’s personable, professional, proactive, and very knowledgeable and experienced. His crew is reliable and efficient. No need to shop, he gets all the EBB jobs because he’s good and ready to go. He uploads everything and makes it so the homeowner has to do very little.Ken Hedrick
From start to finish EBI was great. Bid/contract were less detailed than 2 others – but EBI’s responsiveness, track record, price and readiness to start were key. Tim provided great support re: the EBB process. Day 1 – permit and all uploads completed; Day 2 – crew completed the job, Day 3 – Tim was back with Inspector – gaining us ASAP approval by providing several required smoke alarms. EBI delivered quality process with no changes to bid. Highly recommended.Maurice Herman
This company, unlike others that I received estimates from, specializes in earthquake bolting. They were professional, handled all the paperwork promptly and worked hard to complete the job in a timely manner. I appreciated their integrity.James and Elissa Casper
We were so happy with the quality of the work done by Mr. Tim Sparks and his staff. Mr. Sparks’s presentation on the earthquake brace and bolt program was extremely thorough. He was very patient with our questions and provided us with the answers we needed. Mr. Sparks handled all of the required paperwork for the earthquake brace and bolt program, making our participation simple and easy. This state program sounded too good to be true, but we are so happy we participated in it and had our foundation properly secured to our home. Mr. Sparks is very knowledgeable, professional, thorough, great communicator and responsive. Highly recommended.James Watts
Earthquake Bracing, Inc. did the bracing on my house in Upland with a raised foundation. Tim explained the process to us very thoroughly and the detail involved in bracing. His workers followed through the process to a tee. Everyone that worked on the project was professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy. We were so excited that we found a business that represents quality work and fair pricing so we recommended them to my daughter who also lives in a house on a raised foundation and she also had a great experience with Earthquake Bracing, Inc and concurs with every statement made above. We recommend this Company whole heartedly. If you consider earthquake bracing you cannot go wrong with Tim at Earthquake Bracing, Inc. they did a fantastic job, thank you Tim and your team!Sara Friedman
Tim did an excellent job retrofitting my house for earthquake bracing. He explained everything thoroughly and answered all my questions. He handled all the paperwork for the brace and bolt program saving me time and money. I have recommended him to my neighbors and have received nothing but praise for him.Sarah Benoit
The work ethic
Earthquake Bracing Incorporated, EBI
Workplace safety, along with quality work, are our highest priorities.
We are EM 385 1.1 Army Safety Certified, the highest safety standard in the world.
We also carry Workers Compensation Insurance, just in case.