If you live in an area that is susceptible to flooding or your foundation is sinking, home elevation may be something that a foundation or shoring contractor has advised you to look into. Unfortunately, home elevation is not something that many homeowners are familiar with. As such, when these words are said, you may immediately find yourself with many questions. Here are a few common questions about home elevation that you may have and the answers to these questions.
Why Should Someone Consider Elevating Their Home?
Home elevation is primarily done for two reasons. The first reason why a home would be elevated is that the home's foundation is sinking. A home's foundation typically sinks when the soil below the foundation begins to settle or erode away. When this occurs, the foundation begins to sink, usually unevenly, which causes the home to become not level. Elevating the home raises the foundation and helps to level the home out again.
The second reason a home would be elevated is to protect the home from the threat of floods. Those who live in areas where flooding is prevalent, such as by creeks or rivers, may elevate their home to protect their living area from flood waters.
How High Can You Elevate a Home?
Most cities and counties have building codes which regulate how high a home can be elevated. Technically speaking, there is not a limit to how high a contractor could theoretically raise a home. However, the higher the home is raised, the more costly the project will be. As such, always consider how high the home needs to be raised and what local code allows when determining how high your home should be raised.
Are There Different Elevation Techniques Used to Elevate Houses?
There are a few different techniques that are used to elevate a house. Slab separation and slab elevation are two of the techniques that can be used on slab homes. With slab elevation, your slab is raised off the ground with the home and piers are placed below the slab to support it. With slab separation, your initial slab stays in place, your home is raised with piers, and a new slab is constructed under the elevated home. If you have a pier home, shoring is the technique that is used to raise the home. Shoring piers are placed below the home to jack up the home, and then new risers are constructed to hold the home in place.
If you are looking to elevate your home, a foundation or shoring company like RCW Construction can assist you. Contact one today to discuss your needs, find out what options are best for your home and to obtain a quote.