There are several scenarios where lifting your home or building can be a viable way to protect it and improve it—when you need to prevent flooding, replace a crumbling or settling foundation, add a story, add head room in a basement, or increase space in a commercial building.
Lifting your building can be a daunting prospect, especially when it is necessary due to stressful circumstances like flooding or a failing foundation. Wolfe works with you to make the process as painless as possible. Whether raising your building eight inches or over twelve feet, our cutting-edge structural lifting equipment and years of experience enable us to elevate your building evenly and steadily, keeping interior or exterior damage to a minimum. We safely support your structure during excavation and while your mason builds the foundation beneath it.Request a Quote
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Every year, some areas of the country get more rain than the local rivers, canals, and storm drains can handle, threatening the homes and businesses in these communities. Coastal regions and areas around the Great Lakes are especially at risk for property damage due to flooding and soil erosion. Hurricanes and tropical storms also flood hundreds of homes every year.
If your home or business has 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.
*You will need to find out from your municipality where the 100-year flood plain is for your property.
House lifting is also necessary when you need to replace a faulty foundation due to age, inferior materials, or settling. Failing or settling foundations are one of the leading causes of house raising. Lifting the building a few inches to a few feet gives your contractor the clearance necessary to excavate and replace the foundation while your home is securely supported.
Did you know that you can add a story under a lifted house? If you need an additional story, you don’t need to waste time and money removing and rebuilding a perfectly good roof, not to mention cleaning or remodeling the story under it. We simplify the process by elevating your existing structure to just above the desired height of your new story (typically between 9 to 12 feet) and support it securely on cribbing while your contractor constructs the new floor system and walls on your new or existing foundation. When all of the bearing walls are in place, our crew returns to set the house onto the newly constructed first floor.
If your basement is just a crawlspace or partial basement, you may want to add some headspace. There are two options to do this: raise the house, or lower the basement floor. With the first option, we raise your home to an elevation that gives you the desired headroom in your basement area. With the second option, we support your house right where it is and excavate under it.* Combining these two options is also possible, and we are happy to discuss them with you. In many cases, it is wise for the homeowner also to consult an architect, engineer, or general contractor for a professional opinion on which option to choose.
*Please note that we offer our under-excavation services only in conjunction with our house lifting service.
We serve most states east of the Mississippi River, plus Iowa and Missouri. We also serve the west coast, including California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. Our moving services for historic restoration/preservation and large masonry structure projects are available nationwide.
This guide will help you learn what’s involved in a lifting project so you can make an informed decision before moving forward with a home lifting or moving project.
Please use our contact form or give us a call at 610-488-1020 to discuss your project or if you have any questions about our process.
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