Foundation Repair Photo Album: Sagging Beam In Basement Supported In East Lansing, MI
A wood beam that extends down the center of a basement in East Lansing, MI was experiencing some sagging. A series of conventional floor jacks were supporting the beam currently. We beefed up that support by exchanging the current floor jacks for three SmartJacks. These zinc-coated steel floor jacks will not corrode. They're also super strong. A cube of soil is removed under the jacks and crushed stone is compacted into the hole. A heavy duty base plate is placed on top of that followed by the actual jack. The crushed stone helps to distribute the load deep into the soil which allows the jack to provide an incredible amount of support. The jacks can also be adjusted if needed. These are a great option to bring the beam back to it's original position.
Sagging Beam Needs More Support
Conventional floor jacks weren't fitting the bill. The beams will be removed and replaced with SmartJacks.
A Cube Of Soil Is Removed
The first step towards installing SmartJacks is to dig out a cube of soil below the jack location.
Holes Are Filled With Crushed Stone
The holes that had been dug were filled with crushed stone and compacted. A base plate is placed on top of the stone and the jack is installed on top. This will transfer the load deep into the ground to help offer superior strength.
Concrete Is Replaced
Once the jack is in place, the concrete is replaced at the base of the jack creating a seamless floor once again.
SmartJacks Compared To Conventional Jacks
The SmartJacks in size and construction and reliability are superior to the current floor jacks.