Is It Possible To Replace A Foundation Without Lifting Your House?
Yes, it is possible to replace a foundation without lifting your house. But, we recommend calling a professional foundation mover to do the work. The process can be dangerous because it involves replacing your foundation sections at a time. Trained professionals will ensure that while the work is being done, the structural integrity of your home stays intact.
Reasons For Lifting A House Or Replacing Your Foundation
- Your foundation is beyond repair – Call a professional foundation repair company and find out if you need to replace your foundation. Otherwise, experts might be able to save your foundation using methods such as underpinning or wall anchors.
- You’re moving your home to a new location or having work done – If you’re adding or expanding a basement under your home, you’ll need to lift your house to do the work.
- You’re lifting your house to correct foundation settlement – This sort of lifting doesn’t actually “lift” your home. This method is called underpinning, and it helps correct sections of your home that are sinking into the soil beneath it.
How Much Does It Cost To Lift A House?
How Much Does It Cost To Replace A Foundation?
How Do Experts Lift Homes Using Cribbing
- Synchronized hydraulic jacks raise your home.
- Once the building has been raised, cribbing is added. These wooden support structures are slowly piled underneath your home as it’s raised to the height that’s needed.
Note: The Real Seal does not offer this type of house lifting. So, you’ll need to call a foundation moving company.
How Do Experts Lift Homes Using Underpinning
- Steel push piers – These piers are pushed deep below your foundation until they reach stable soil such as bedrock. Once they reach strong enough soil to support your home, hydraulic jacks lift your foundation back to what’s called the maximum practical level. This is the maximum amount of lift needed before any further lifting damages your home.
- Helical piers – Helical piers accomplish the same thing as push piers. The only thing different is how they are inserted into the soil. Helical piers work like corkscrews because they are twisted underneath your foundation until they reach the load-bearing strata.