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The Proven Solutions

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 by Lauralei Beattie


Settling of columns in a crawl space is most often caused by weak foundation soils. Over time, these soils shift and settle with changes in moisture content and density, causing movement of the columns and the beams above. Sagging beams and floor joists are often the result of improper spacing of existing pier columns, effectively overloading beams and causing them to bend and sag. Excess moisture and wood rot can also cause beams and joists to weaken over time.

OPTIONS FOR REPAIR (less desirable, alternative methods)

Concrete Columns

-Not Adjustable 

- May need to be shimmed later 

- Time consuming: Must wait for concrete to cue

 

Additional Shimming 

-Temporary fix, will have to continue to be shimmed

-Cannot lift floors and walls

- Damages will recur

 

Light-duty Jack Post

-Very limited capacities

-Difficult to adjust

-Doesn't Address weak foundation soil

 

The Proven Solution

The SmartJack System from Foundation Supportworks will level and stabilize the existing beams and  floor joists in your crawlspace. A solid base of engineered fill addresses problems with weak foundation soils by effectively transferring the load to competent strata, Industrial strength, galvanized steel columns are secured to the beams or joists in your crawl space. A heavy-duty, threaded rod allows for adjustments and custom fit for each SmartJack System that is installed. The SmartJack is made from high-strength steel components and provides the best opportunity to lift the above floors and walls back to their original. level position.

Advantages 

-Ability to install in tight conditions where height or access is limited

-Can usually be installed in less then one day 

- Engineered footing effectively transfers load to existing soils

-System is galvanized for corrosion-resistance

-Can be installed in conjunction with crawl space liner

-Immediate stabilization and results 

-Can Support vertical loads exceeding 60,000 lbs.

-Restores property value

* can also be used in basements 

 

For more information call today to set a free appointment with our System Design Specialist. 

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Foundation and Crawl Space Repair of Alaska
16715 W Helms Drive
Big Lake, AK 99652
1-907-782-4727
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