House Lifted for an Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) Basement Replacement using the Atlas HLS 5 Skid Steer demolishing and removing the old basement Skid Steer demolishing and removing the old basement Skid Steer demolishing and removing the old basement 18 ft from the bottom of the excavation to the floor system of the house Skid Steer grading soil in preparation for basement construction Drilling 18 ft deep holes for reinforced concrete piles 18 ft deep reinforced concrete piles fully installed Construction of concrete form base Construction of concrete form base Construction of concrete form base Construction of concrete form base Finished concrete form base Construction of Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) wall Construction of Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) wall Finished Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) wall Finished Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) wall with window bucks Finished Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) wall with window bucks Basement Replacement Completed Windows installed and stucco exterior completed Stucco exterior completed


Construction Services

FailSafe provides basement replacement packages to homeowners who have decided to redevelop their basement for reasons that might include but are not limited to:

  • Existing basement failure
  • Limited ceiling height and basement functionality
  • Existing foundation is a crawlspace
  • To develop a revenue generating suite
  • Water table is too high

Basement replacement packages can be customized to a client’s needs, though we prefer to limit our involvement to the following core project items.

  • Coordinating the basement engineering
  • Lifting the house
  • Excavating and removing the existing basement
  • Installing the piles if required
  • Constructing the new ICF (insulated concrete form) basement
  • Lowering the house and reattaching it to the new foundation
  • Installing waterproof membrane on exterior of the basement walls
  • Installing weeping tile and completing backfill


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How long does FailSafe require to complete a House Lift and Basement Replacement?

It is our goal to complete an average size basement replacement project including the house lift, excavation, foundation replacement, backfill, and house set down within 6 weeks of starting. However, larger foundations and winter projects can increase this timeframe substantially.

Also, project items for which we aren’t responsible are not included in this timeframe. We always tell our clients that they should be prepared to be out of their house for 2-3 months before their services are restored.


Can I live in my house while the basement is being replaced?

No. We advise our clients to find an alternative living arrangement while the project is being completed. Issues related to onsite safety, limited house access, and disconnected services make living in the house a real challenge.

When my house is lifted, does there tend to be any cracking or damage to the windows or interior walls?

When we lift old crooked houses and place them on a new perfectly straight foundation system the end result is a straighter house. Wall and window cracking can occur in extreme cases. We are not responsible for patching cracks, rehanging jammed doors, or replacing cracked windows.

Are there any restrictions with how deep in the ground the foundation can be installed?

Yes. The new footings can be installed only as deep as the existent incoming water and sewer lines.

Does FailSafe arrange the engineering and building permit?

Yes. Although the client occasionally arranges the engineering and permits, seldom is this the case.

Does FailSafe arrange the necessary disconnection and reconnection of services such as gas, water, and power?

No. As Failsafe isn’t the property owner, the homeowner must call for connection services when required. We’ll advise the client when and how to arrange these requests.

Will the yard be damaged?

Yes. Setting up the house lifting equipment and excavating the old basement will cause some unavoidable damage to the yard. However, we do our best to minimize the amount of damage we cause.

Are there any additional costs associated with replacing my basement that I should be aware of?

Yes there are. FailSafe specializes in the foundation replacement portion of a basement replacement. Additional costs beyond the scope of FailSafe’s commitments might include but are not limited to:

  • Any interior plumbing below slab & plumbing upgrades and renovations
  • Chimney Removal
  • Interior and exterior finishing work where chimney was removed
  • Removal or replacement of any front steps & decks
  • Replacement of sidewalks, landscaping, lawn replacement
  • Changes to furnace location and all heating system repairs, renovations and upgrades
  • All electrical repairs, renovations and upgrades
  • Removal and replacement of front/back exterior stairs & decks
  • Purchase and installation of windows
  • Basement finishing
  • Stucco parging on above grade exterior portion of ICF wall
  • Construction of new basement stairs
  • Spray foaming any cracks/gaps between top plate and the rim joist of house & large gaps between floor joists adjacent to rim joists
  • Basement Finishing
Can you lift a house with the chimney and fireplace?

Sometimes. FailSafe recommends the removal of any chimneystack prior to lifting your house. It should be noted that chimneys can be saved, though the cost associated with saving the chimney always exceeds the cost of having it removed. To save the interior façade of a fireplace, tremendous care must be taken in replacing the chimney.

Does FailSafe remove Chimneys?

Yes, for an additional cost FailSafe can add the chimney removal to your price quote..

How much does my house weigh?

An average house can weigh between 25 to 50 tons.

Will I need to add soil to the excavation area in the future?

Possibly. Settling of backfill around the perimeter of the house is to be expected and we only backfill after the completion of the foundation construction. If additional backfill is required in the future it is the responsibility of the client.

We’ve decided to replace our basement with FailSafe, how do we book a spot?

FailSafe requires a booking deposit which when paid ensures your spot in a cue. Generally the earlier you provide us with your deposit the more likely you are to book a seasonal time spot ideally suited to your needs.

How does the payment schedule work?

FailSafe breaks up payment into a schedule that hinges on milestones associated with the basement replacement. For example, the payment schedule might resemble:

  • Deposit: Ensures your spot
  • Payment: The day we lift your house 6” off the old foundation
  • Payment: The day before we set your house down on the new foundation
  • Payment: Payable upon completion of work on site
What kind of insurance coverage does FailSafe carry?

FailSafe receives insurance coverage from Ranger Insurance and holds liability insurance for up to $2,000,000. Additionally, we carry “Riggerʼs Insurance” which provides blanketed coverage on any structure that we lift for up to $250,000.00. If the client wants to add additional insurance because their house is worth more it can be adjusted on a one by one basis.

What services are included in a FailSafe basement replacement package?

In most projects Fail Safe tends to complete the following services related to the basement replacement.

  • Coordinating the building permit
  • Coordinating the engineering
  • Lifting the house
  • Basement excavation and removal services
  • Installation of the concrete piles and form shelf
  • Construction of the Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) basement
  • House set down and attachment to the new foundation
  • Water & Sewer line replacement
  • Backfill
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