Unless you actually work for a house lifting company, house elevation isn’t a part of your daily life. If you have it done to a house, you most likely ever have to have it done once. If you live in an area that has suffered from recent destructive Hurricanes — Katrina, Sandy, Irma, or Harvey — you’ve probably driven by a considerable number of houses that people are having raised.
What we’re saying is, it’s not something that most people understand. It’s a very complex process, and what you see from the street doesn’t always give you all the information you need to know. Let’s take a look at some interesting aspects of house lifting that most people might have misconceptions about.
It’s Surprisingly Gentle
One of the most common questions we get about house lifting is “will it hurt the structural integrity of my house?” It’s a legitimate question. After all, your house is your largest investment, and the idea that it could end up leaning like a parallelogram is frightening.
As long as you go with a reputable and experienced house lifting company, this isn’t something you have to worry about. A well-built house that is keeping its shape on its current foundation will keep its shape during and after the lift.
Home elevation is done with the help of powerful jacks and steel bars that are placed under the house. The great thing about hydraulics is that they can move items very smoothly. There might be some drywall cracking, but that’s usually about it. The most you’ll have to do is take pictures off the wall and place any easily-tipped furniture (think grandfather clocks) on their sides. You could even probably sleep through a house lifting if it weren’t for the noise from the equipment!
And speaking of sleeping…
You’ll Have To Find A New Place To Live During the Move
Like we said, house lifting is a big job…and big jobs take time. You can’t stay in your house during the house lifting for many reasons. After all, it’s an active construction site. The house is rising and earth movers and skid steers are in constant motions. Plus, with a lack of stairs, you won’t be able to get in and out of the home easily. Oh, and did we mention that you won’t have working water or electricity? Why is this? Well…
The Utilities Have To Be Extended
Houses are built to very exacting specifications, and that includes the utilities. These utilities often use the least amount of material as possible, because the contractors who built the house kept one thing in mind: use less material, make more money. (That’s why most houses are built with all of the plumbing in the same area instead of on opposite sides of the house.)
So when it comes to house lifting, there’s not a lot of extra material to play with, whether we’re talking about ductwork, cables, phone lines, or plumbing. What’s there is often rigidly in place; it was built to last as long as possible and not go anywhere. That’s why we have to bring in special people to turn off the necessarily utilities, disconnect them, and then come back when the house has been lifted in order to extend them to meet the raised underside of the house.
Most Landscaping Will Have To Be Redone
We do our best to leave as much flora around the house as possible; we don’t want to take out any mature trees during house elevation. But the closer landscaping is to the house, the more likely that it will need to be removed and replaced. We have lots of very heavy machinery that will be placing the steel beams and working with the old foundation, and we can’t have our workers tripping over bushes and falling into the open basement. This isn’t just something that we have to do; any house lifting company would have to remove such plants.
The above are just a few of the big surprises that people learn about when they sit down with us and get a free estimate for their house lifting. We’ve been doing this throughout Louisiana, Long Island, and now Texas, so we have the knowledge of how to make house elevation go as smoothly as it possibly can. Learn more with TurnKey Contractor Solutions!