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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.
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.
This home in McBain, MI was well over 100 years old, and the Michigan basement was in desperate need of some help. Every time it would rain, dirt would wash into the home, and the foundation seemed to be unstable because of this.
We first added SmartJacks in the space to support and stabilize the floor joists. These steel support beams work well in problem soils to keep the floors above stable. Shotcrete was also applied in the basement to repair and reinforce the walls. This concrete is sprayed into the desired spot with a high pressure hose, and provides a durable solution to these suffering basement walls .