Hey, have you seen our new commercial? If you haven’t seen it on TV, check it out right here.
Not bad, huh? That’s a recent house lifting we took care of on Long Island, and you’re seeing the process over a number of days. If you live on Long Island (and if you got here by typing in “house raising Long Island,” it’s likely you do!), you’ve probably seen houses lifted from time to time.And while you’ve probably rubbernecked to see what was happening, it’s unlikely that you’ve stopped to watch exactly what’s going on. That short video gives you a good look into the process in just 30 seconds, even though there’s a ton that it doesn’t show.
Here are a few things that you might have noticed…or might have missed…during our commercial.
We’ve Got The Crew
As you can see, we have quite the crew when we get to work on a house raising project. They’re all there to perform specific tasks in order to get your house above potential flood levels. We have a large crew for two simple reasons. First of all, a bigger crew means that all bases can be covered and we can run a safe work site. Second, more people mean that your house will be lifted faster. After all, it’s your house, and we know that you want to be back in it as soon as possible.
We’ve Got The Equipment
As you can tell from the video, there is a lot of heavy equipment involved in a house lifting project. Skid steers, earth movers, trailers, jackhammers, hydraulic pumps, and much more, all being used to effectively and safely raise a house. But there’s something else that many people don’t realize when it comes to the process…
A Lot Is Still Done By Hand
When you look at the video, you’ll notice a lot of our manual laborers doing what they do best: manual labor. While we certainly do use a lot of heavy equipment, there are some jobs that still require a standard shovel. Sometimes the larger equipment can’t get into such a tight space, sometimes it would be overkill to bring in a large piece of machinery for a small job.
When we show up, you’ll see us doing a lot of non-machinery work, including digging, building the cribbing, and using a sledgehammer. Speaking of which…
Part of our job is taking out the old foundation. This is one of the toughest parts for a homeowner to watch. After all, without the foundation the house is only being held up by the cribbing, which is certainly a strange situation for a house to be in. It simply seems unnatural to most people, and they really don’t feel quite as relieved until the house is set down on the new foundation.
There’s a Lot of Wood Involved
Speaking of the strange way a house looks when it’s “floating,” many people are surprised that we use wood as cribbing instead of some other material. (Cribbing is the cross-hatching that look like Jenga towers.) But when you think about it, it really makes sense. Steel supports would be too slick to place on top of each other, and they’d certainly be too heavy for a human to lift and assemble into a cribbing tower.
For the amount of time that the house is up on the cribbing, the wood is more than structurally sound enough to hold the weight of the house. Don’t worry, we’re the professionals!
The House Raising Is Actually Quick
Take a look at the video at about the :05 mark. It’s a time-lapse photo, so it’s sped up of course. But it’s actually not taking that long to physically lift the house and get the cribbing underneath. The clouds are flying by, but the daylight isn’t changing much. And if you fast-forward to :14, the house is even higher, and that’s not much later in the day.
That’s one thing that surprises so many people about their house lifting. The entire process overall might take days, because of the preparation, materials delivery, electric rewiring, plumbing extension, destruction of the old foundation, laying of the new one, and a thousand other small tasks that have to be done before the home elevation is complete. But it moves up higher in elevation relatively quickly.
Those Other Houses Are In Trouble!
If you take a look at the time-lapse video, take a look to the left and to the right. Those houses have not been lifted! The one on the left might have been built a few feet higher off the ground, and the one on the right might have flood vents in the foundation, but in the type of hurricanes we’ve been getting lately are sure to flood their first floors. Hopefully they’ll see the advantages we’ve created for the homeowner through the house raising process and consider having it done themselves.
You’re Going to Need Longer Gutters
Didn’t think about that, did you? When you lift a house another 10 or 12 feet off the ground, there are a few things that are going to change. Power and plumbing will have to be extended, and a new staircase will have to be built. But there’s also cable, gas lines, and, yes, gutters. But don’t worry, it will all look great when we’re done, and you’ll most likely have lower insurance premiums to deal with now that the house is above base flood elevation.
If you’re interested in house lifting, you’re not alone. More and more people are getting interested in raising their house above flood levels, protecting their house, their belongings, and their family.
We’d love to talk with your about the process. We can even show you some of the work we’ve done, or send you to one of our current projects so that you can take a look at the process from a safe distance. Contact Turn Key Contractor Solutions today!