Without a doubt, the high winds that accompany a hurricane are destructive. But while parts of a house might be torn off by a hurricane, it’s the floodwater that really destroys houses.

This was certainly true with St. Tammany during Hurricane Katrina, the storm that destroyed nearly 50,000 homes in our own parish alone and took more than four years to recover from. Hurricane Katrina ended up being the costliest natural disaster in the history of the United States. Many of those homes could have been saved with one major renovation: house lifting.

While no amount of house lifting would have been able to save every home affected by Katrina, many in St. Tammany could have been protected by raising the house on a new, higher foundation. This is especially true of those further inland, when Katrina’s storm surges reached more than six miles inland. TurnKey Contractor Solutions has been lifting houses throughout St. Tammany, including Covington, Mandeville, Slidell, and far beyond.

It’s not necessarily an easy process to raise a house, but TurnKey has it down to a science. First we’ll give a free quote on how much it would cost to lift your house, and we can even help you find a government grant to help you with cost. (The government wants to help because each raised house could end up saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in relief money.) We’ll gently lift the house up on hydraulic jacks and install a new, higher foundation underneath. The recommended height of the house elevation will be determined by how far inland you are and how far away you are from waterways.

It’s not your imagination; hurricanes and storms are getting worse. That’s why you need the experts on your side who can get your house above base flood elevation. Call TurnKey for the easiest house raising experience around!