After living in their house for 20 years, homeowners in Washington Court House, OH, recently began to notice potential structural issues. A few sections of their living room floor appeared to be sagging and uneven, leading them to believe the floor joists in the crawl space needed better support.
The homeowners rarely venture into the crawl space under the house, and they wanted to get reliable professional advice. After they reached out to a local repair man and never received a response, the owners began to research more repair options. They came across information about Ohio Basement Authority online, and they were eager to contact us to learn more about how we could help them.
They met with Inspector Jeff Floit who went into the crawl space to investigate the condition of this area and its support system. He found the supports were wooden, which is common in homes like this that were built approximately 100 years ago. Some sections of the wooden supports were failing, however, thus contributing to the sagging floor.
Jeff discussed his findings with the homeowners, as well as their goal of permanently fixing the sagging floor. Jeff then recommended the perfect repair solution.
Foreman Michael Gramly then led his crew in removing the problematic wooden support beams and replacing them with more reliable steel support beams. These beams were further reinforced by several IntelliJacks.
IntelliJacks may be almost similar in appearance to other typical metal support jacks, but they are far superior. Light-duty jack posts often are installed on top of a concrete block that rests on the ground. These posts are not very stable, cannot support much weight, and can easily rust and corrode. The IntelliJacks we installed are made of galvanized steel, which enhances their durability and makes them resistant to rust, corrosion and rot.
The IntelliJacks permanently stabilize the above floors and help raise them back to the proper level. They also are designed to prevent further settling. If any settling occurs, however, the IntelliJacks can easily be adjusted. The IntelliJack system also can support vertical loads exceeding 60,000 lbs.
The homeowners now have peace of mind knowing their home will be a safe and stable living environment because of these trustworthy repairs.
Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority
Certified Inspector: Jeff Floit
Project Foreman: Michael Gramly
Products Installed: IntelliJacks, Support Beams