SOURCE: Perma-Pier Foundation Repair of Texas

Perma-Pier Foundation Repair of Texas

October 13, 2015 08:00 ET

Perma-Pier Foundation Repair of Texas Advises Homeowners on the House-Lifting Process

ARLINGTON, TX--(Marketwired - October 13, 2015) - Homeowners all over Texas have questions about the process of lifting their house out of the flood plain. There are a variety of factors that must be considered before starting the process of lifting a house and the steps to complete it have to be carefully reviewed.

Perma-Pier Foundation Repair of Texas can guide homeowners through this process. With more than 15,000 foundation repair and plumbing jobs completed, Perma-Pier has both the experience and expertise to provide quality work in house lifting and many other foundation and plumbing repair.

Because lifting a house is not a simple project, the first step should always be to call a general contractor. There are many parts to these projects. The lifting part is for a foundation repair or foundation lifting company, the rest of the steps are putting everything back together after the lift is completed.

Lifting a home 4 feet is a lengthy, time-consuming process. It involves installing piers inside and outside the home, manually lifting it and setting the piers when it's done. However, there are other parts to this process the homeowner must consider; such as, whether the floors will be broken through or tunneled, if the garage is attached or detached and if it will also need lifting. If the house has interior beams and if steel needs to be added underneath in order to lift it also has to be taken into consideration. These are only a few examples of the issues that have to be looked at and included in the lifting plan.

There are also a number of issues that are not usually covered under the scope of work for foundation repair companies.

Gas, electric, plumbing, and every other utility line to the house will need to be completely re-done. Lifting a house 4 feet means that all these lines, which were installed at ground level, will now need to be disconnected prior to lifting, and re-connected once the lift is completed.

The sewer lines will be completely destroyed by this process as well. The homeowner will need to run new sewer lines across the entire house.

There will now be a 4-feet void under the house. Homeowners will have to decide what will have to be built around it to cover it. Most mandates require these voids to be "open air" voids, meaning it cannot be refill with soil or regrade with soil to the foundation. The best option is building a decorative wall around the house in order to hide the void, and the piers. This will also protect the piers and help the home look much nicer.

After the house is lifted, drains will have to be installed. The area where the house sat will be lower than the rest of the lot, which will cause water to intrude and collect when it rains. And in order to protect the piers that were just installed, drains will be necessary.

The house will need steps. Every point of entry or exit around the house will now be 4 feet higher than it previously sat. Foundation repair companies don't build steps.

If the garage is lifted, a new driveway will be needed. If there are pool decks, patios, or driveways that connect to the house, they will have to be removed so the house can be lifted. Otherwise the concrete will grab on to the foundation, break and make it impossible to lift.

One very important thing homeowners have to be aware of is that there will be a substantial amount of cosmetic damage to the house when lifted. The house was designed to sit as it currently sits, not to be lifted 4 feet. It will crack. There will be cracks in the brick, there will be cracks in the tile flooring, and there will be cracks in sheetrock and ceilings.

There may be roof damage and/or other structural damage, for example wall studs, roof rafters, etc.

The house will no longer have a slab-on-grade; it will have a suspended slab, which is entirely different. The floors may even sound hollow when it is completed.

Cost is sometimes the deciding factor when thinking about lifting a house. The average lifting cost for most houses is approximately $85,000.00. Perma-Pier Foundation Repair encourages homeowners to hire a trusted general contractor so the process can go as smoothly as possible and that all the pertinent details are reviewed before any work is done to the house.

Customers interested in a free estimate can call Perma-Pier at 877-649-8709 or visit www.permapier.com for more information.

About Perma-Pier Foundation Repair of Texas:

A leading foundation repair company in Texas, Perma-Pier has extensive experience in home foundation repair and commercial foundation repair that spans three generations. Perma-Pier has successfully completed over 15,000 foundation repair, underground plumbing and drainage repair projects in the residential and commercial markets. Perma-Pier's depth of understanding soil conditions and the geology of Texas Prairie Land Soils along with the practice of having the most up-to-date information, technology and research regarding foundation repair has allowed it to provide quality work on every foundation repair project.

Perma-Pier works with FHA, VA, HUD, and 203k guidelines ensuring a seamless transaction for homeowners, buyers, sellers, builders, realtors and commercial property owners.

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