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Cracks in drywall throughout the house are reliable indicators of foundation settlement. Cracks will often be larger and more obvious in the home's upper levels.
As a foundation settles, so do the floor joists and the finished flooring above.
Crawl spaces experience structural sagging for three primary reasons: support columns spaced too far apart, rot-weakened joists, girders, and posts, and columns settling due to weak soil or poor footings.
Once installed the SmartJack support posts can correct problems such as sloping and overly springy floors, interior wall cracks, and out-of-level door frames.
The SmartJack system is an adjustable supplemental support system used for sagging crawl spaces. It can also often lift failing floor joists or beams, restoring them to their original position.
Helical piers are attached to the foundation by mounting a bracket. Helical piers include rotating blades that are advanced into the soil.
When all helical piers have been installed, they will work in unison to transfer the weight of the structure to competent soil. If possible, the structure is also lifted back to a level position.
Amy C. in Woodville, WI contacted American Waterworks after speaking with several other contractors. Her house was settling, and the supplemental beams in her crawl space needed repair. We sent one of our Design Specialists, Brian Ramirez, to evaluate the situation. After his inspection, he was able to recommend a combination of our foundation repair products to permanently stabilize the home.
Our production team began the foundation repair with installing 130 feet of new supplemental beams and 22 SmartJacks to restore stability to the sagging floor joists in the crawl space. Then, they installed 4 helical piers in the area of the home that had settled. The piers extend beneath the foundation, contacting strong supporting soils that permanently stabilize the structure. Amy was very pleased with the finished project, and is glad she invested in a permanent solution for her home!
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