There are several scenarios where lifting your home or building can be a viable way to protect it and improve it: prevent flooding, add a story, add head room in a basement, or increase space in a commercial building.
Every year, some areas of the country get more rain than the local rivers, canals, and storm drains can handle. Flooding poses a threat to homes and businesses in these communities.
If your home or business is in one of these areas and has ever been flooded, we can help. Elevating your structure above the documented flood plain* will help protect your building from big storms. In many cases, lifting your building will cut flood insurance premiums drastically.
The home was raised 9′ higher than its previous elevation. A new foundation was installed too. The owners lowered their flood insurance premiums and gained protection from future flooding.
Whether your structure needs to be raised 8 inches or more than 12 feet, we can handle the project with ease. Our Unified Hydraulic Jacking System is the latest in structural lifting technology. The hydraulic jacking pump synchronizes the pressure to the lifting jacks so that the entire building lifts evenly and steadily. This keeps drywall or plaster cracks to a bare minimum. We support the structure in place while your mason builds the foundation underneath.
*You will need to find out from your municipality where the 100-year flood plain is for your property. Read the flood elevation page to learn more.
The Szoke residence was raised so that a new foundation could be built to support the home.
I’m writing to thank you once again for the wonderful job you did raising our home. It was a great experience for us being there to watch the process. You and your crew were very courteous to us every time. The diligence, efficiency and expertise that you and your crew displayed made us feel very confident and at ease through the whole process. As a very satisfied customer, I wouldn’t hesitate to highly recommend you for a job. — Jim Szoke, Walnutport, PA
Did you know that you could add a story under a lifted house?
If you need to add a story to your house, you don’t have to waste time and money removing and rebuilding a perfectly good roof, not to mention cleaning or remodeling the story just beneath the roof. We can elevate the existing structure to just above the new desired height (typically between 9 to 12 feet). A new wood floor system is then built on the existing foundation walls and exterior frame walls are set in place. Once all the bearing points are in place, our crew will return to set the house onto the newly-constructed first floor.
If your basement has a low ceiling, or it’s just a partial basement or a crawlspace, you’ll either need to raise the house or lower the basement floor.
With the first option, we raise your house to an elevation that gives you the desired head room in your basement area. With option two, we support your house right where it is and excavate.
Please note that our under home excavation services are offered in conjunction with our house lifting service.
Any combination of these two options is possible, and we would be happy to discuss them with you. In many cases, it is wise for the homeowner to consult an architect for a professional opinion on which option to choose.
The roof was lifted from 13′ to 19′ above the slab floor. Once the roof was lifted, the pre-built wall panels were put in place and, by the next afternoon, the roof was set down and the steel removed.
When your business needs more space there are several solutions that we can help with. We can lift the roof of your structure up to give you added height. Whether you have a residential-type building or a large warehouse roof, we have the expertise and the equipment to lift the roof just 1 foot or up to 30 feet. If it suits your purposes better, we can raise your building from any point in the wall rather than lifting the entire building or just the roof.
Yes, there’s a lot that goes into successfully lifting a structure. You might have a lot of questions and probably some concerns about the process. Contact us now to talk about your project »
But we’ve found that the more our customers learn about the details of the process, the more comfortable and confident they are going forward. With that in mind, we’ve written an article titled How To Prepare Your House To Be Lifted or Moved. If this is something you’re considering, the article (below) will help you learn what’s involved, so you can make an informed decision.
Every structural moving or lifting project requires careful preparation. Here are more details on what you need to know before you decide to lift or re-locate your home.