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House Elevation Is Safest Way To Safeguard Your Belongings

Floods are indeed a common occurrence in many parts of United States and the one assured way to keep your house and your valuables secure from the ravages of floods is to raise your house to safe levels. If your home is located in low lying areas that are prone to floods or if your house has already been earlier damaged due to floods, you have no choice but to raise your house - unless you want to sell or move away from your current residence.

Even assuming you live in a moderate flood-risk area, it is still preferable you elevate your home for added protection. Elevations are considered the best alternate method in avoiding flood damage instead of house relocation or demolition. House elevation has also been declared as the most favored method in avoiding flood damage by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA has produced several publications to help builders, code officials, and homeowners understand the benefits and techniques of elevation.

Elevating a house requires highly experienced, competent and trained professionals at every stage in the process. So it is very important for you to choose professionally trained house lifting contractors. Check to see if the contractors possess the right machines available for raising homes truck mounted hydraulic jacking system. The use of modern equipments enables easy and safe elevation of the entire house without any cracks.

The process of house elevation entails separation of the house from its foundation by hydraulic jacks and it is held up till an extended foundation is constructed beneath. Elevation techniques are fairly commonplace, and qualified contractors are often readily available. House elevation does not require you to invest or buy additional land.

House owners should know all details about elevating their homes. It is essential that you to study and satisfy yourself about the design as well as the technical elements while elevating your home. House elevation usually means, raising the lowest floor of your house to levels beyond the Flood Protection Elevation (FPE). The FPE always prescribes an extra foot of elevation to safeguard your house from the fury of the floods.

When deciding to elevate you house, you need to know all about the local ordinances and codes that will let you tell what you can do and what you should avoid doing. But, if you decide to elevate the house to comply with floodplain regulations, then the state and federal authorities will be only too willing to offer you useful information and helpful suggestions about the process of house elevation.

House elevation projects are costly and it is therefore preferable that you persuade your community to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. Flood insurance policyholders can easily overcome the financial burden with the help of insurance support. Communities may also apply to the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) programs for house elevation project funding.

Apart from reducing the flood risk to your house and your belongings, house elevation provides homeowners with additional parking and storage space within their home. House elevation will reduce the mental strain and psychological stress during floods and elevation may also reduce your flood insurance premiums.

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