New Orleans Home Elevation
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Living eight feet below sea level in the New Orleans region, it’s not uncommon for homes to be ravaged by flood water following storms and hurricanes. Elevating the home is the only economical and sustainable way to protect it from future disasters.
It should come as no surprise that elevated homes in our Louisiana area survive with little to no damage after massive storms hit the area. The residents of the home are able to remain there and avoid insurance claims.
You can trust our team of foundation repair and home elevation contractors to safely and securely raise your home to the required Flood Protection Elevation (FPE), thus virtually guaranteeing it will be lifted above flood levels.
Home elevation is a common retrofitting method used in Westgate. Our local company of seasoned and skilled experts can help you successfully elevate your house in a way that meets your budget and needs.
Continue reading to learn more about the process of home elevation and what techniques we use to get the job done right the first time. You can also give us a call anytime for a free consultation and price estimate.
Westgate Home Elevation is a family owned and operated company in Westgate, Louisiana. Although we specialize in house elevation and lifting, we also provide a range of residential and commercial foundation repair services all around the city and surrounding areas in the Big Easy region. We take great pride in our ability to deliver excellent customer service and satisfactory results at affordable rates.
Our main goal is that you will be so pleased with the level of service and commitment to your safety, and with the care, as to the well-being of your family and your home, that you can’t help but tell all your friends.
If you ever have a need for licensed, insured, and experienced evelevation contractors or foundation repair, don’t hesitate to call us today We provide free estimates and thorough evaluations that help you make the best decision for your proeperty
Home elevation is the process of changing the elevation (height) of a home. Typically this means raising the home above flood waters or placing it on firm ground, but sometimes elevation can be performed to raise the land level too. During the procedure of lifting a home, structural shoring is used to lift and support the house.
Properly executed this can mean that adequate room and access remain below ground for airflow and utilities. This may be undertaken by an experienced contractor in a more controlled environment, but if done at all should only be attempted with caution as the effort required will vary considerably depending on local conditions and construction type.
Home elevation is also known as house raising or house lifting.
Many options for house-raising are available. They typically involve:
When a house or other type of structure is professionally elevated, the living area will be raised above potential severe flooding.
Most houses are separated from their foundations during the process of elevation. The home is raised by hydraulic jacks and supported temporarily while an extended or new foundation is built beneath. When the job is completed, only the foundation is exposed to flooding.
House lifting works great for structures constructed on open foundations, basements, and crawl spaces. The extended or new foundation will be made up of continuous walls or separated columns, piers, posts, or pilings.
Similar techniques may be used for houses that sit on concrete slabs. Elevating such structures is generally more effective if the home remains attached to the slab and both are raised together. Once the slab and house are lifted, a new foundation is built below.
A less used technique for masonry slab homes is to remove the roof to construct a new living space inside that is elevated. This process involves extending the walls of the home upward and replacing the roof.
Yet another method is to abandon the level with the slab floor and relocate the living area to an existing upper floor or newly constructed floor. The lower area is then only used for storage, parking, and getting inside the house.
We often utilize helical piers to lift and strengthen foundations. They are implemented to replace storm-damaged structures, raise houses to new heights above flood plains, and strengthen and deepen foundations.
Structural shoring works hand-in-hand with home elevation. In order to either build a new foundation or expand the current one, the home must be detached and held up. This is done with shoring.
Shoring materials support a house while home elevation work is completed and prevent it from collapsing. Materials for shoring generally are steel pipe, steel plates, and wood. Excavators, power augers, and crane trucks are often used during the process.
The fix for a cracking, bowing or collapsing foundation depends mostly on the cause of problems and current condition of the basement walls, along with other conditions surrounding the structure including the soil and age of the house.
We thoroughly evaluate your foundation cracks in order to deliver the optimal solution that falls within your budget. Our solution will always provide lasting stabilization. It is fairly rare that a foundation wall need to be completely replaced.
Our repair services include the following:
If you notice a large foundation wall or floor crack in your home or commercial property, you should schedule an inspection as soon as possible with a trusted local professional contractor. The risk of not having cracks fixed in a quick fashion can be devastating, not to mention quite expensive.
Small hairline cracks, in most instances, aren’t anything to be worried about. Minor cracking like this is usually the result of a natural process in concrete curing.
What you should be concerned about, however, are the larger cracks you may see in your foundation, basement or walls. These large cracks are usually caused by nearby soils contracting and expanding against basement walls along with general foundation settlement. Cracks caused by settling and soil typically run vertical or horizontal and diagonal (think stair step cracks between the bricks on your wall).
If you see this type of cracking in concrete or brick, you should contact a certified foundation contractor to ensure that your home can be stabilized and to prevent further, costlier damage to your property. We also provide guaranteed solutions for bowing, sinking and settling foundation bases and walls.
Our foundation professionals in Westgate always deliver long-term, warrantied solutions that get rid of your cracking issues and protect your foundation for many years to come. You can always give us a call to schedule a free inspection and get immediate assistance with your foundation issues.
Get in touch with us for more information and to schedule a free inspection at your home or commercial foundation, basement or crawl space. We serve poured concrete, block foundations, and brick and stone structures in New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, Hammond, Slidell and surrounding cities and towns in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, St. Charles, Tangipahoa and St. John the Baptist Parishes.
With a dedicated team of certified, professional and licensed foundation repair experts, our years of experience set us apart from our competition throughout the state of Louisiana.
Our Jefferson Parish professionals are proud to offer a wide variety of services that help remedy your cracked or bowing foundation in your home or commercial space.
Due to their immense size and weight, houses, building and other structures naturally and gradually sink into the soil below. This can be cause for concern if the issue is bad enough though.
We promise to do our best to be as transparent as possible, so you know what type of assistance you can need and can expect.
We strive to be New Orleans’s best home elevation and foundation repair company. That’s why, when it comes to crack, bowing, and settling repairs (minor or major), we always go above and beyond.
To a hammer, everything looks like a nail, but not all foundation repair problems need to be treated with a full-blown expensive remodel. Sometimes it’s something simple and treated in as quick as a week.
That’s why we provide you a thorough and free investigation of your foundation. This helps us determine the root of the problem and allows us to put a plan in place that fits your budget and needs.
Enter Big New Orleans Foundation Repairs. If you notice any minor or major foundation issues in your home or commercial property… Call us for immediate help!
Do you believe trouble is brewing with your concrete foundation, slab or crawl space? It can be quite a challenge to successfully identify foundation issues, especially to the untrained eye.
If you cannot see obvious bowing, sinking or cracking, you may not know if your basement is unstable. However, take note of the following signs of foundation problems that generally require the expertise of licensed and insured contractors:
We may be based in Westgate and New Orleans, but our top-rated foundation contractors serve residential and commercial businesses throughout the Gulf Coast region with exceptional basement repair solutions. In addition to all of Jefferson Parish, our coverage area includes the following communities as well as many others nearby:
Kenner, River Ridge, Elmwood, Harahan, Metairie, Jefferson, Shrewsbury, Southport, Bridge City, Waggaman, Avondale, Carrollton, Greenville, Westwego, Destrehan, Spanish Fort, New Orleans, Luling, Walkertown, Marrero, Hahnville, Norco, Harvey, Ellington, Gretna, Boutte, Seabrook, Seabrook, Estelle, Terrytown, Woodmere, West Lake, Arabi, Lake Forest, Timberlane, Waterford, Cutoff, Chalmette, Lake Carmel, Meraux
Put trust in on our certified structural technicians serving New Orleans, Louisiana. Be proactive and do not hesitate to call if you believe there could be structural damage to your home or building.
Our crew is fully licensed and insured to deliver the following residential and commercial foundation services: