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Frequently

Asked

Questions

Orleans Shoring understands that there are a lot of questions when it comes to your home elevating, shoring, or foundation repair project. Please find the most Frequently Asked Questions about our services and the overall process.

If you have any questions or concerns that aren’t addressed below, please feel free to reach out via our contact page, or drop us a call/email. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about your project and the overall process.

Frequently

Asked

Questions

Orleans Shoring understands that there are a lot of questions when it comes to your home elevating, shoring, or foundation repair project. Please find the most Frequently Asked Questions about our services and the overall process.

If you have any questions or concerns that aren’t addressed below, please feel free to reach out via our contact page, or drop us a call/email. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about your project and the overall process.

How much do you charge for your services?

Orleans Shoring offers a free inspection to homeowners. When our trained technician comes to your home, we will provide a complete analysis and honest evaluation. If repairs are needed, we will provide a complete estimate.

Can Orleans Shoring elevate a house with concrete foundation?

Yes! We elevate structures on slabs and piers.

Does Orleans Shoring know if it is a requirement to elevate my house?

If the house has a 50% or more hurricane damage and if it is below the base flood elevation for the area, your house has to be elevated. If your house has to be elevated, you may be eligible for increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) Funding (Up to $30,000).

Does Orleans Shoring know my home’s Base Flood Elevation?

If you are elevating your house, you will need to call a land surveyor and order an elevation certificate. Their fee ranges from $150 to $300.

What permits do I need for Orleans Shoring to begin work for me?

Homeowners do not need to get their own permits, Orleans Shoring will get them for you.

Does Orleans Shoring warranty its workmanship?

Yes.

When would I receive my warranty?

The Orleans Shoring Warranty is mailed to you within seven business days after our office receives all final payments pertaining to the completion of your project.

How can I tell if my house has foundation problems?

If you have noticed swinging or sticking doors, cracks in the walls or uneven floors, your home may be in need of foundation repair. You can visit our Foundation Repair page here to learn more about other warning signs of foundation failure. At Orleans Shoring, we can specify the necessary methods to correct these common problems and make sure that your house is stable for life. We will be happy to come to your home for an evaluation and provide you with a free repair estimate.

What causes foundation movement and problems?

Lots of factors can cause foundation movement; however, the main causes are contraction or expansion of clay soils. Soil expansion is caused by the absorption of moisture in the soil causing an upward movement of the foundation known as “heave.” Contraction of the soil occurs when moisture is lost from the soil causing it to shrink in size and compact together. This causes the foundation to move downward which is called “settling.”

If I have cracks in my walls, will raising my home help?

It could. Most often raising the home will close any cracks that are already present; the goal, however, is to prevent any further problems from occurring. Shoring and leveling are possible solutions as well.

Who is eligible for FMA program?

Homeowners who file for two or more NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) claims that cumulatively exceed the building’s market value or four claims greater than $5,000 qualify for eligible elevation expenses. Or, at least two of the referenced claims must have occurred within any ten year period and must be greater than 10 days apart. To get a copy of your property’s flood loss claim history, call the National Flood Insurance Program at 800.427.4661. Contact your local Floodplain Administrator.

What Is ICC (Increase Cost Of Compliance)?

It is an additional $30,000 award granted by the National Flood Insurance Program. The Parish determines the damage caused by flooding will cost 50% or more than the value of the home itself. The homeowner has to have a letter of substantial damage regarding this.

How high must I elevate my home?

That depends on the base flood elevation.

Does the program include extras such as: driveways, fences or landscaping?

Unfortunately, none of these items are grant eligible expenses with elevation projects. They can be done at the expense of the homeowner.

What number can I call within each parish?

Livingston Parish – Dee Dee Delatte 225-686-3021
Jefferson Parish – Maggie Olivier 504-736-6541
St. Tammany Parish – Alan Pelegrin 985-898-2574
Slidell – Blaine Clancy 985-646-4270
Plaquemines Parish – Mike Metcalf 504-934-6195
Terrebonne Parish – Lisa Ledet 985-873-6567
Orleans Parish – Jerome Landry 504-658-7127
St. Charles Parish – Earl Matherne 985-783-5060
Ascension Parish – Marcia Shivers 225-450-1002
St. John the Baptist Parish – Evelyn Campo 985-359-0233

Will my flood insurance premium go down if I raise my house?

Very likely. Contact your flood insurance agent to confirm.

How long will I be out of my house during the elevation?

For a low raise elevation 2-3 days is typical, while a high raise elevation is closer to 4-6 weeks.

Do you provide references?

Yes, please see our testimonials or addresses of completed work in your area can be provided.

Do you need help with home raising or foundation repair?

Contact us today for a free cost estimate!