House lifting can be a scary phrase - especially when it comes to imagining the cost of doing the lifting. Any foundational repair has a range of costs - but usually, the benefits far outweigh the costs of the repair. Foundations are an essential part of a home’s integrity, and without it, you lose some peace of mind. A secure foundation can be what keeps a home standing during a natural disaster, so it is imperative to make sure that foundations are in good standing at all times. Flooding can weaken a foundation immensely, so being sure that a foundation is above the flood lines is something that every homeowner should consider. In this blog, we will outline the benefits of house lifting in Houston, and exactly what the costs are.
It is about that time of year when floods are prevalent, and everyone is dealing with the reality of needing to prepare to deal with flood damage or look into ways to try and prevent the flooding from happening. One way to prevent flooding is to make an investment into home elevation. Home elevation is a key way to keep flooding from wreaking havoc on your home, though many do not consider it as an option. While costly, over time, the benefits can far outweigh the negatives of having to spend a large sum of money to meet elevation requirements.
In a perfect world, all houses would be built perfectly - with the correct grading, the proper foundation, and the exact elevation needed to avoid flooding! However, not all houses are built perfectly, and sometimes, adjustments need to be made afterward to create the perfect house. This can be done through retrofitting your home, something that has a world of opportunity and a lot of different possibilities. In this case, we are going to be talking about retrofitting your home for flood prevention.
With April showers come May flowers, but also the chance of flooding! Frequent rain, and lots of it, can mean that your foundation is not able to withstand the extra water and potentially end up damaging not only the foundation but also the integrity of the house. There are a few different ways that your home can be elevated, whether by raising and extending the foundation or by building a new upper story. Both have their pros and cons, and we will go over exactly how this is done in the rest of this guide.