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Sagging floors sometimes leave you wondering how much longer they can support the weight that is placed on them in your home. Floors above your crawl space can sag for many reasons: the existing columns are spaced too far apart, the floor joists have weakened from moisture/wood rot, or existing coumns have settled due to weak soil. No need to worry though, there is a solution to your sagging floors that will give you peace of mind.
This apartment complex noticed not only sagging floors, but the doors were sticking and walls were beginning to crack, all signs of foundation problems. Our experts looked into this and figured out the best solution to this problem would be to install our crawl space SmartJacks.
SmartJacks are made of steel so they won't rust from moisture. They are also very strong and can support loads of more than 60,000 pounds. You're probably wondering how they work. Before each jack is placed a 2 inch cube of soil is excavated and the hole is filled with concrete or a type of engineered fill. Then the steel column is cut to your crawl space height and the jack is assembled and tightened into place. The immediately stabilized the floor joists and lifts the floors and walls back to their original position.
This apartment complex had a problem with water seepage in two of the lower apartments. The soil outside of the wall had sunk about one foot, which left the covering on the exterior wall exposed. In order to seal off the wall and prevent water from continuing to damage the property, we installed the SentrySeal system. We first excavated a small section of soil outside of the wall to make room for the sealant. Insulation was then placed over the wall and the specialized sealant was installed to seal off any cracks or openings from the outside to prevent water from seeping in. Once we were finished, the soil was backfilled and water would no longer cause any issues for the complex.
One of our customers called us about their crawlspace which was dirty and damp. They didn't know how to fix it so they wanted our professional help. We gave them a free estimate and decided to install a combination of some of our fantastic products. We installed our SmartJack system which helps reinforce the floors above it so that they will never sag. The SmartJack is a support system used to stabilize and level the floor joists in a crawl space. This system can support up to 60,000 pounds. The SmartJack system is placed on strong concrete fillings that have replaced the soil in that small location underneath the SmartJack.
We also installed some Clean Space which is the perfect mold fighting technology that also improves the look of any crawlspace. CleanSpace is a 20 mil thick plastic liner that fits to the crawl space to completely seal the home from the earth. Polyester cord reinforcement allows for a lot of durability, to make it last longer than the home will. This liner also contains an antimicrobial additive to prevent mold. This liner was also combined with CleanSpace vent covers to insulate and seal the air out, so that the crawlspace is not affected by the outside environment. This will save the homeowner a lot of money on air conditioning and heating costs.
We got a call from a business in Grand Rapids that needed help leveling their concrete, because they didnt want to break the bank getting a new walkway. We drove to grand rapids and decided to install our PolyLevel technology, which is an advanced polymer injection foam that we blast into the concrete to re-level it and reinforce it stronger than ever before. PolyLevel worked to raise and level out the concrete slabs while dealing with the weak soils below that were no longer able to hold the weight of the home above. We drilled multiple small holes into the concrete slabs in order to inject them with a polymer material that expanded to lift and level out the concrete. Once injected, the system only needed about 15 minutes to fully cure and the slabs were then stabilized and lifted to their proper level, and stronger than ever before. Now, this homeowner will not have to worry about this ever again.
This family cottage sits right on the beach and they wanted to make sure their beloved cottage was going to last another 100 years, for generations to come. The homeowners noticed the floor was starting to sink and were not level throughout the home and most of the windows and doors were sticking, all signs that the foundation is settling.
We were able to fix the settling floors and sticking windows and doors by installing out SmartJack crawl space stabilizers. The SmartJacks are made of galvanized steel so they won't rust and will remain solid for years to come. These jacks can withhold more than 60,000 pounds. This is more than enough to transfer the weight of your home to the SmartJacks, leaving you with a level floor.