Flood Management

Coastal & Inland Flood Protection

Sea levels are expected to rise at an increased rate, for centuries. This could potentially affect hundreds of millions of people living in low-lying coastal areas (less than 10 metres above sea level), and the majority of the world’s largest cities.

House Lifters helps protect properties in coastal areas vulnerable to rising sea-levels, and inland flood-prone/at-risk areas. We Lift buildings to safer heights, then build new or extended Foundations. We have the internationally-recognised expertise and equipment to provide assistance in New Zealand and overseas. 


Minimum Floor Levels

In New Zealand, if you will be building/rebuilding or adding onto a property, ensure the Plans comply with minimum Floor Levels required by either the Building Consent (Building Act), or your local Council. This could save you wasting thousands of dollars on non-compliant building/architectural Plans!

Many Canterbury communities were built on low-lying river flood plains, including Christchurch. It has always had areas prone to flooding, and the Christchurch City Council sets minimum Floor Levels in these areas. Learn more about minimum Floor Levels: Christchurch City Council website.

Lifting, Levelling & Foundations

House Lifters designs engineered solutions for even the most complex Lifting, Levelling and Foundation work. Our custom-designed, ingenious Mechanical Jacking systems are recognised internationally for pin-point accuracy. They’re also much faster to use - extremely important if flooding is imminent.

  • Computer-controlled, Mechanical Jacking: synchronised, pump-operated Hydraulic design
  • Uniform Lifting & Levelling pressure in all Jacks: loads spread evenly around the full system
  • Internal Lifting Beams for Slab Levelling


Ground Improvement

House Lifters can undertake geotechnical land remediation - e.g. Gravel Rafts to stiffen and strengthen upper soil layers. Our groundworks services include retaining walls, new Foundations and Slabs, demolition.

Engineers & Builders

House Lifters is unusual in the Lifting industry for also having an in-house Engineering team, Licensed and Certified Builders, plus a vast network of trusted tradespeople for repairs and renovations.  OUR TEAM

Cash Settled Earthquake Repairs: call 0508 LIFTERS

Case Study:
Flood Protection

Waimakariri Sailing & Power Boat Club - Canterbury, NZ.

House Lifters performed a highly-technical Lift to elevate the entire Club above flood levels. The task was made even more challenging by the need to coordinate and perform the Lift between tides.

This project demanded exceptional levels of consultation, planning and teamwork. It also demonstrated our ability to provide innovative solutions for work too complex for traditional Lifting methods.

Specialised Services

lifting sliding

High or Low House Lifting
& Sliding


Floor Relevelling: Foundations, Slabs, Piles


Foundation Piles, Ground Stabilisation, Relevelling

concrete foundations

Replacement/New Builds: Foundation, Slab, Piles

Subsidence Works

Foundations, Slabs, Piles
Ground Stabilisation

basement conversions

Design, Lift & Build: Add A Storey


Alterations, Extensions,
Add a Storey

flood management

Flood Protection for flood-prone/at-risk properties

heritage buildings

E.g. Villas, character homes, churches, halls, schools

hill sites

Hill & Coastal sites, TC2, TC3…
No site is too complex.


Disaster Response, Earthquake Repairs, Flood Management

house relocations

Lifting, Foundations, Piles, Levelling, Renovation