As we have discussed previously, one of the best ways to increase space in your home, while lifting the structure away from weather wearing due to flooding, is to raise it up. This process, while slow and somewhat tedious at times is worthwhile for the benefits it provides for your home and your lifestyle. The house needs to be lifted very, very slowly to ensure that it is raised evenly, and different jobs will require certain equipment depending on the lay of the land, and design of the house.
Jacks for Lifting
Despite the different techniques that are used by different house raising companies, one thing that must be achieved is a smooth, gentle, even lift of the house as it is raised up. Some companies use hydraulic jacks, while others use manually operated jacks.
When you imagine the weight of a house you can visualise that it might need a strong support to become its new foundation when it has been raised. Steel beams that have been designed specifically by an engineer to support the weight of the house are attached to the underside, before it is raised. These are an important part of the new house foundations.
The timber styes (which look a bit like jenga pieces or pallets) are installed underneath the house at the point of the steel beams. These take on the job of supporting the house while the existing support posts are removed and will support it until the new support posts are installed after it has been raised.
Heavy Earthwork Machine
An Earthwork machine is needed to clear away the old foundation components and make room for the new stumps to be installed. This will be used to dig the new post holes in preparation for the concrete to be poured.
Concrete, Steel or Timber Stumps
As you may imagine, concrete is an important ingredient that is poured into the holes where the posts will go. It is needed to secure the new stumps into place, ready for them to be attached to the steel beams that are on the underside of the house.
Once the new stumps have been attached to the house, the area is waterproofed to ensure that it will not be a weak place where things may deteriorate later down the track.
In the case of steel stumps/poles, a welder is needed to attach these to the steel beams on the underside of the house before the job has been completed.
Depending on the nature of the landscape where the work is to be carried out, there may be additional materials needed, so for more information and a quote, contact the expert house raisers at Black & White Houseraising & Restumping.