ON THE LEVEL
Auckland and Christchurch wide
House Levelling Innovation
As one of the main suppliers to the EQC following the Christchurch earthquakes, House Lifters Ltd took pride in helping the people of Christchurch back into their homes. House Lifters brought their experience and the most advanced house levelling equipment to the rebuild, reinstating and levelling over 300 houses efficiently and accurately. We now operate in Auckland and Christchurch, bringing that same level of pride to all of our work.
Expert Solutions to Get You Level
House Lifters is the only New Zealand company providing a complete residential floor levelling service. Our extremely accurate floor level results are due to our expertise, unique levelling equipment and engineered designs. No site is too challenging; our levelling work in New Zealand has included hill sites, TC3 sections and coastal properties for flood management/flood protection.
Our house levelling services can include:
TIMBER FLOOR LEVELLING
Over pinning – Over pinning is a cost-effective solution to levelling a home with timber weatherboards or if the bricks have been removed. House Lifters can lift the timber frame off the foundations and pack and then re-fix the house at the new relevelled height. This approach is a super-fast method which can give you excellent results for a fraction of the price. This solution is only practical on some houses and is more suitable for minor levelling works where the lift is no greater than say 60mm. Once the perimeter is lifted to height we would then jack and pack all affected piles.
Underpinning – Underpinning is a robust solution for levelling your home and is the most common method used. House Lifters will excavate around the perimeter to gain access to the underside of the foundations, where we will prepare a jacking pad which we will then install our jack to and lift the perimeter level. Once the perimeter is level we will then jack and pack all affected piles.
Jacking and packing piles – This is a cost-effective solution but only practical when you require a very minor adjustment to the levels. Usually if a house has settled you would need to lift the perimeter using one of the above methods before jacking and packing the piles.
Remedial Underpinning (Ground Stabilisation)
We can also undertake underpinning if required; to strengthen and stabilise the ground, extend the foundation depth and/or distribute the load across a larger area. Ground stabilisation may be required for properties with problem, low bearing capacity soils, and properties at-risk from seismic events, or classified as earthquake-prone.
Unique Levelling Equipment
House Lifters’ Modular Synchronised Positioning System was custom-designed by engineers for even the most complex relevelling projects, including sites where access would normally be very difficult. We commissioned a team of engineers in the Netherlands to design and build a computer-controlled lifting and levelling system.
Our unique system is lighter, more mobile, faster and easier to set up than conventional methods, and cranes and forklifts are not required. House Lifters does not use Bottle Jacks as they point load foundations, are inaccurate and very slow to work with. The system software allows us to:
Building inspections and floor level surveys
House Lifters also offers a full building inspection service – particularly important for ‘As Is Where Is’ properties. The Building Inspection Report can also include a ZIPLEVEL® Survey and Analysis, with floor plan. Unlike rotary lasers, ZIPLEVEL® altimeters are a very quick and extremely precise way to measure and read elevations, over any distance or elevation.
Choose the service that you’re interested in.
If you are not sure about the best option for you and your property Contact us for a no obligation free chat and to explore the options.
There’s not much we haven’t seen when it comes to any house lifting, levelling and shifting. To find out how we can help, simply get in touch with our friendly team.
Frequently Asked Questions
House levelling is a process of adjusting the foundation of a house to make it level and stable. There are several ways to re-level a house. These include underpinning, overpinning and jacking and packing.
You might need to level your house if you notice uneven floors, cracks in walls, doors and windows that don’t close properly, or other signs of foundation settling or shifting. After the Christchurch and Wellington Earthquakes many houses need relevelling.
Yes, house levelling is a safe and proven method for fixing foundation problems. The process is carried out by licensed and experienced professionals who use specialised equipment and follow strict safety protocols.
The duration of the house levelling process depends on various factors such as the size of the house, the extent of the foundation damage, and the accessibility of the site. As a general rule, the process can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
No, your house will not be damaged during the levelling process as long as it is carried out by licensed and experienced professionals who use specialised equipment and follow strict safety protocols.
It depends on the extent of the levelling process and the accessibility of the site. In some cases, you may need to move out of your house temporarily while the levelling process is being carried out. However, in most cases, you can continue to live in your house during the process.
The benefits of house levelling include fixing foundation problems, preventing further damage to your house, and improving the stability and safety of your home.
The cost of house levelling depends on various factors such as the size of the house, the extent of the foundation damage, and the accessibility of the site. We offer competitive pricing and provide a detailed quote before we start the service.