Famously located below sea level, homes in New Orleans have experienced their share of flooding over the city’s centuries-long history. While many of the homes have proven to be as resilient as their residents, the city of New Orleans names home elevation as one of the top three things you can do to protect yourself before the next flood. Further incentive is that many homeowners see their flood insurance premium decrease as their home’s elevation increases.

WHAT IS HOME ELEVATION?

Home elevation is just what it sounds like: lifting your home. The home’s living space is separated from its foundation and raised as high as is needed using powerful jacks. The foundation below is extended or rebuilt to support the new height of the home’s floor. A cradle of support beams supports and stabilizes a house throughout the process. When the new foundation is complete, your house stands safe and proud at its elevated post. This process can be done regardless of whether your home sits on a slab or pier foundation.

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WHY ELEVATE YOUR HOME?

Elevating your home is vital to protecting your investment. You decrease a flood’s impact on your home when you elevate it above FEMA’s base flood elevation. The base flood elevation is the level to which water has a 1% chance of rising each year. If your home is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, there is a 26% chance over your 30-year mortgage that you’ll see a flood rise to this level.

The relationship between your area’s base flood elevation and your structure’s elevation determines your flood insurance premium. Therefore, the lower your home is, the higher your premium will be.

Is your home in a special flood hazard area? Check here:
http://maps.lsuagcenter.com/floodmaps/?FIPS=22071

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WHY CHOOSE US?

Richard Earls Construction has been a trusted provider of home elevation services in New Orleans for over 25 years. No home elevation project is too tricky for us because over the years we have seen it all. Your home is a part of the history and character of this great city. Choosing a local business means you are choosing a team who understands and cares deeply about this since we live here, too!

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SOURCES:

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1535-20490-4172/unit3.pdf
https://www.fema.gov/base-flood
https://www.nola.gov/safety-and-permits/floodplain-management/

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