With the level of flooding Richmond has received due to Hurricane Harvey’s rains, it might be years before the effects are fully erased. The amount of rain Richmond has been exposed to just shows that it’s not always the force of a hurricane that is so destructive, but the amount of water that falls from the sky. Flooding like this will happen again, whether it’s in one year or ten.

As Richmond rebuilds, many homeowners are considering the advantages of house raising. Not only does lifting a house above potential floodwaters protect the house, but it also keeps the people within safe during a flash flood. Not only that, but it protects sometimes-irreplaceable possessions, those that can’t be grabbed or transported easily when a mandatory evacuation is called.

What Is House Lifting?

House lifting is a complex process that is easy to understand. A house is lifted to its new height with high-powered hydraulic equipment, and then wooden cribbing is assembled to keep it in place. A new foundation, either wooden, cinder block, or concrete is built underneath. While this new foundation might flood, the main floor of the house remains above BFE (base flood elevation). The house is set down on the new foundation, stairs and/or ramps are built, and you now have a better view of the neighborhood!

House lifting isn’t just about protecting your possessions, or even just about protecting your home. Returning to an unflooded home prevents hundreds of hours of dealing with insurance companies and contractors, and means that you don’t have to find somewhere else to stay for months while your house is fixed. Instead, you can get back to your normal life that much sooner. TurnKey Contractor Solutions can help you prevent all of these problems with expert house lifting.

You house raising project might even be covered by government grants. Click this link to find out just how inexpensive protecting your home from the next hurricane can be.