How to Protect Your House from Flooding?

Most homes aren’t covered for the #1 natural disaster​, ​flooding​. So when you live in a flood plain you want to make sure you are covered! ​ Vice President of W.A Building Movers Jason Yarusi explains how you can protect your home and yourself from flooding.

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Who is the best Flooding service contractor in NJ

At W.A. Building Movers and Contractors, we know that there are a lot of questions when it comes to house lifting, especially in areas like Long Island that were hit hard by Sandy. Here’s some questions and answers including some on how to look into flooding services available in your area.

What is house raising?

House raising is the process of lifting or jacking your home higher to prevent damage from flooding.


What is the process of raising a home?

First the home is excavated around the house to allow for holes to be made in your current foundation, then the steel beams are placed in these spots. Once the beams are placed the home is elevated hydraulically using the Jacking System. The hydraulic jacking pump synchronizes the pressure to the jacks so that the whole building will lift evenly without racking. This keeps the cracks in the drywall or plaster to a minimum and sometimes nonexistent. Typically the home is then excavated out underneath to allow for your new basement pour. On occasion, if there is enough room on your lot the home can be moved out of its current site and then transferred back to its original site. Once the new foundation is cured the home is then lowered back down and the beams are pulled.

Can a brick or concrete block building be raised?

Contractors use a Hydraulic Jacking System. This system enables one man to control the entire jacking operation. The jacks are locked together by a unified system and will lift and lower regardless of individual jack loading. Each unified jack is on a separate hydraulic system and failure in one jack will not cause pressure loss in the other jacks. This system can accommodate from one to thirty-eight hundred tons. This system is essential when making large, irregular lifts.

My house is on a block foundation don’t I need pilings?

We need to hire a geologist who analyses the earth after receiving a soil boring this will determine if the soil needs to have pilings and a grade beam or a regular pier foundation with footing.

Will my Insurance company pay for this?

Yes, but what your flood insurance companies offer is an ICC grant. ICC is Increased Compliance Cost. Information required when applying for ICC Grant:

  1. letter of substantial loss from Town must state that home has sustained more than 50% of it’s value in flood damage
  2. Tax Assessment from Town Appraiser (current house value excluding the land)
  3. Current Elevation Certificate (from a licensed surveyor)
  4. Color photos of house as is
  5. Line by line breakdown of new elevation work including foundation work and it’s cost. This grant may reimburse you up to $30K. You have to pay the costs upfront and then your insurance company will reimburse you. Not everyone receives the full $30K.

Am I eligible for government assistance?

The ICC grant offered by your Flood Insurance Company is a Federal backed program (FEMA). Some local governments have incentives in place in the form of additional financial assistance. Call your local Town Hall to find out what assistance is available in your area.

Will I save money on flood insurance for my house?

Yes, Fema has a height they enforce than NY State ( House raising Long Island ) wants two feet above that. Your insurance will be reduced for every foot past that you can save 20% per foot. Example: Fema says 6′ state says 2′ total 8′ above sea level, you go 10′ you will save 60% on your flood insurance.

My floors are settling, will they be level after the lift? Yes after the lift the contractor will level out your floors and make a new current code 8” foundation on a 8”x16”footing.

5f5a3-screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-10-06-52-amFor more information about getting your house raised or any other aspect of construction, please visit our website at or call our office at 908-654-8227


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Flooding Service and cost to raise a house in flooding conditions?

W.A Building Movers knows that house raising if very costly. Depending on the size of the house, the location, and the current structure and foundation, the cost that house raising contractor will charge to raise your home will be in the range of $12,000 – 30,000. However, the actual house jacking and resetting is only one component of the all-in price for house lifting.

It’s very important for homeowners to realize that house lifting is an involved process.  There are many different permitting processes, trades, and calculations that go into raising a house, just as there are in any major home renovation project, including:

  • Removing existing decks, porches, walkways, steps, and stair cases
  • Removing pavers and other hardscape and storing them carefully for later reuse
  • Temporarily removing any landscaping
  • Engineering, architectural drawings, soil samples, and site surveys
  • Foundational work – either concrete foundations, pilings, or helical piles
  • Shutting off your utilities, including sending official shutoff request to your municipality
  • Disconnecting utilities – electricity, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, ventilation
  • Lifting or Raising the House
  • Building a new foundation
  • Constructing a new lower level
  • Installing hurricane straps and bracing where necessary
  • Painting, siding, and coating
  • Re-installing or rebuilding decks, porches, and stairs
  • Re-installing landscaping and hardscape
  • Re-connecting all utilities and raising your HVAC equipment off the ground

As a New Jersey resident there are flooding services that are available to help you with this process. You may be eligible for a grant to help you with the cost of raising your house.  There is a good chance that you will be eligible for FEMA’s Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage (ICC) if your home or business has been damaged by water.  The ICC helps flood insurance policy holders in high-risk areas with up to $30,000 to help pay for the costs of house raising in NJ or otherwise bringing their house or business into compliance with their town’s floodplain ordinances.


What you think that how much does it cost to raise a house?

The second type of grant that has been very popular is the Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Elevation, and Mitigation (RREM) program, which is a state program, funded by the federal government, that provides homeowners with up to $150,000 in order to do the necessary work on your home to make it habitable and to comply with local flood plain requirements.  The grant money can be used to repair or rebuild your Superstorm Sandy impacted home.  The RREM program is also referred to as ‘Gap Funding’ because it is intended to fill the gap between the actual cost of repairs and the funds the homeowner has received from insurance claims or other means to repair their home.

For more information about getting your house raised or any other aspect of construction, please visit our website at or call our office at 908-654-8227.


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Frequently Asked Questions About House Lifting

W.A. Building Movers & Contractors has been around for many years and knows that there a some many question when it comes to lifting your home in Staten Island! So here’s some Q & A’s!

How much will it cost to raise my house?


As with any construction project, costs can vary based on the size and scope of the job. Lifting a multi-level home will cost more than a single-story structure and including decks and stairs in the plans will increase costs as well. If you are lifting your house to conform to new base flood elevations, you’ll be paying for an elevation certificate, structural and architectural plans, a plot plan, soil testing and building permits, not to mention costs for the actual construction.
Generally, the cost for the design portion of the project an architect would prepare for the lift is around $3,800, which includes floor plans and elevations for the new foundation. Expect to pay between $40,000-$150,000 for the entire project.

Can I remain in my house while it’s being elevated?

Elevating a house is a tricky maneuver and not something we recommend messing around with. The process involves disconnecting all of your utilities – heat, water, power – and literally lifting the structure off its foundation using hydraulic jacks while the new, higher foundation is built. It would be extremely dangerous for a homeowner to remain in the structure while all of that took place making it necessary to find temporary housing while the work is being done.

Is there any grant money available to help cover the cost of the lift?
If your home or business has been damaged by water you may be eligible for FEMA’s Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage that can pay up to $30,000 of costs for elevating a home.

What permits are required?

As long as you’re building on your home’s original footprint and the lowest floor is elevated at least one foot above the state’s design flood elevation, you do not need any additional permits aside from standard approvals from your local building department.

Why should I hire an architect to lift my house?

We’re glad you asked! An architect will not only bring both technical precision and aesthetics to your home elevation project but can also help navigate the intricacies of the permit process and manage all zoning, setback and municipal issues. In fact, we’ve come up with five great reasons why you should hire an architect to design your job.

What’s the first step?

Do your homework and find out which local architects have the most experience working on home elevations in your area and set up a consultation to discuss the project. Most do not charge for that first meeting.

Can you recommend a general contractor for my house lift?

Since Sandy hit in 2012, we’ve been involved in plenty of house lifts in the Staten Island area and worked with several qualified contractors and home elevation companies whom we’d be happy to recommend for your project.

5f5a3-screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-10-06-52-amFor more information about getting your house raised or any other aspect of construction, please visit our website at or call our office at 908-654-8227.

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Cost to Raise a House – Flooding Services

While some Jersey Shore homeowners were spared Hurricane Sandy’s wrath, countless others were not that lucky and face tough decisions about rebuilding, renovating and, in many cases, raising their homes (House raising).

The question of when a home should be raised is particularly baffling. No one can make you raise your house, but homeowners in flood zones who do not take action will face a significant increase in flood-insurance premiums and banks will likely withhold new financing.

From Sandy Hook to Cape May, homes are being lifted “by the thousands,” Whether a property is deemed at risk will be determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s new flood elevation maps for the Jersey Shore. For now, the FEMA maps are preliminary advisory guidelines, not yet universally approved. Ultimately, they will recommend elevation heights for each home.

Flooding Services: The flood maps also tell homeowners what kind of foundation they need if they lift. Zones and soil conditions dictate the type of foundation you’re going to have. There are two zone designations: A and V. (The V signifies velocity of wave action.)  A home in an A zone doesn’t necessarily require a deep foundation, and can be lowered onto footings spread underneath the house. A V-zone home requires a deep foundation and pilings, either standard (like telephone poles bored into the ground) or helical (corkscrewed into the ground).

The complicated and costly process of lifting a home begins with a visit by two separate engineers, one to prepare an elevation certificate, the other to test the soil. The elevation certificate indicates how high a home must be lifted to conform with the FEMA recommendation; the soil test determines what sort of foundation is needed beneath the lifted house. “If they find that the soil can’t support footings, you’ll need to use pilings.”

So why are some homes already lifted, while their neighbors are not? A lot of people are having trouble getting the financing, they are trying to see what money they can obtain through loans and grants and insurance. It’s going to take several years for this to all play out.”

Lifting a house can cost from $50,000 to $150,000 or more. The estimate includes the new foundation—the cost of which varies widely—and relocation of the utilities.

Flood Insurance:

The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA) was signed into law by President Obama on March 21, 2014. This amendment to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) enacted many changes, including an annual surcharge of $25 on all new and renewal flood insurance policies for primary residences and $250 for all others.

HFIAA slowed the elimination of subsidies authorized in the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and amended most of the provisions mandating that certain policies transition immediately to full-risk rates. To compensate for the decrease in revenue, the new law calls for the addition of a surcharge on all policies that will be collected until, with limited exceptions, all subsidies are eliminated.

The surcharge is a flat fee applied to all policies based on the property use of the insured building and is not associated with the flood zone in which the building is located or the construction date of the building (e.g., pre- or post-FIRM). The surcharge is in addition to a Federal Policy Fee that existed prior to the enactment of HFIAA and any applicable probation surcharge that may be applied to communities that fail to enforce the minimum floodplain management requirements of the NFIP.

Which surcharge applies to which policies?

  • If the home is an owner-occupied single-family dwelling insured under the Dwelling Policy and it is the owner’s primary residence, the $25 surcharge applies.
  • If the building is not an owner-occupied single-family dwelling insured under the Dwelling Policy and it is NOT the primary residence of the owner, the $250 surcharge applies.

Here are a few examples to help you understand what is involved:

  • NFIP Dwelling Building coverage purchased by a landlord would include the $250 surcharge. Keep in mind, the surcharge is intended to assist homeowners with their flood insurance costs. In a situation involving commercial use of a private home, such a landlord situation, if even one of the units is the primary residence of the landlord, the $250 surcharge still applies since the building is being used for profit by the landlord. The renter, who would have contents coverage only for their possessions, would pay only $25 under the contents policy.
  • The $25 surcharge does not apply to 2-4 family dwellings unless the policy is written for contents only or the policy insures a specific condominium unit.
  • A single-family detached building that is in the condominium form of ownership would have the $250 surcharge. Keep in mind this would be under the Residential Condominium Building Association Policy (RCBAP), even though the unit is the owner’s primary residence. Remember, this is not a Dwelling Policy. A high-rise insured under an RCBAP will be surcharged $250.

For more information about getting your house raised or any other aspect of construction, please visit our website at or call our office at 908-654-8227

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Why lift or move a house?

Vice President Jason Yarusi of W.A. Building Movers explains why you should raise your house. Services: house lifting new jersey,  house lifting long island,  flooding services

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Reduce Flood Insurance | W.A. Building Movers

Vice President Jason Yarusi of W.A. Building Movers explains how raising your home will reduce your flood insurance.

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