How New Jersey Residents are Defending Their Homes from Future Disaster
After Superstorm Sandy struck, there were two things: sadness and a heap of destruction.
After debris started being cleaned up and people worldwide started showing support, there was a sliver of hope. Although there are places still in utterly ruinous conditions, many people are aware of the ongoing efforts to clean up the destruction Sandy left behind. However, what the public doesn’t know is how people in New Jersey are protecting themselves from becoming victims once again.
The good news is, they’re not doing it alone.
With the help of state government, federal government, and local contractors specializing in foundation repair and house lifting in NJ, people are holding their ground and preparing for the future.
State and Federal Government Assistance
Many of those unaffected by Superstorm Sandy believe the majority of relief effort is coming from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a part of FEMA. While these federal organizations and programs are playing enormous roles in cleanup and assistance of past damage, the state government is contributing the bulk of its efforts to future protection. These efforts will help protect New Jersey residents from re-experiencing the same trauma caused by Superstorm Sandy.
A recent example of the state government’s role in rebuilding for the future is NJ Governor Chris Christie’s $100 million home elevation program that will help homeowners in affected New Jersey counties raise their homes for protection against future storms. This program will provide eligible homeowners with up to $30,000 of assistance to raise their homes.
House lifting is heavy duty work performed by qualified contractors that protects homes from flooding and reduces insurance premiums. Using the latest construction equipment and best practices, contractors are able to lift a home off its existing foundation and repair or replace the foundation.
House Raising Contractors in New Jersey
Helical piles and Hercules piles – strong sources of home elevation and support – are being installed throughout Sandy-impacted communities like Essex, Monmouth and Ocean. Since only a select amount of house lifting contractors are qualified to install helical and Hercules piles in New Jersey, a handful of contractors are stepping up and working with incredible efficiency.
Recently, FEMA and NFIP mandated that every home located in a V-zone (an area highly susceptible to flooding) must be elevated on piles, piers, posts or column foundations. Many reputable house raising contractors in NJ agree that helical piles and Hercules piles are the best foundational form, which is why they’re boosting efforts and working with state and federal organizations to help homeowners equip their homes with sound structural support.
With the help of federal government, state government and local contractors, New Jersey is replacing despair with hope for a brighter, safer future.
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