Some Useful Information About House Raising
Q: What are some of the reasons people choose to raise their home?
A: Many people choose to raise their home because the existing foundation has simply lost its integrity and is no longer suitable for the structure. Instead of costly piering and patching methods more people are opting for a permanent solution while adding significant value to their homes. Most basement replacement clients choose to pour their new foundation with nine or ten foot high walls to maximize their new living space. Other reasons include homes that are on a crawl space or slab.
Q: Can a brick block or stone building be raised?
A: We specialize in masonry structures. We use an exclusive unified hydraulic jacking system. This system enables one man to control the entire jacking operation. The jacks are locked together by a unifying system and will raise and lower in unison regardless of individual jack loading. Each unified jack is on a separate hydraulic circuit and failure in one jack will not cause pressure loss in the other jacks. This system can accommodate from one to thirty-eight 100 ton rams in unison. This system is essential when making large, irregular lifts. So don't settle for anything else!
Q: What sort of damage can we expect from raising our home?
A: Minor stress cracks may occur upon elevation but the degree of cracking depends upon the amount of settlement that has occurred in your old foundation. If major damage were to occur it would be covered by our insurance.
Q: What is the process of raising a home?
A: First the structure is excavated around to allow for holes to be made in your current foundation, then the steel beams are placed in these openings. Once the beams are placed the home is elevated hydraulically using the unified jack system. Typically the home is then excavated out underneath to allow for your new basement pour. On occasion, if there is enough room on your lot the home can be moved out of its current site and then transferred back to its original site. Once the new foundation is cured the home is then lowered back down and the beams are pulled.