Permanently Stabilizing a Settling Home in Westerville, OH

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 by Holly Richards-Purpura

Challenge

After living in his house for a few years, a homeowner in Westerville, OH, couldn’t help but notice significant problems with the home that only continued to get worse. Some areas of his floor seemed to be sagging and uneven, the drywall was cracking and several doors and windows could not be completely closed. These are all signs of foundation settlement and an improper or failing support system.

The owner previously had an external foundation piering system installed by another company, but the issues only continued. Hoping to find the perfect permanent solution, the owner started to research more reliable repairs. He contacted Ohio Basement Authority after finding information about our company through resources like Angie’s List. He then contacted us to learn more about how we could help him.

He met with Inspector Brendan Kent who evaluated the condition of the home’s foundation. In the crawl space, he noticed one corner of the block wall that was severely cracking and had gaps between the blocks. The home was built on the side of a hill, and Brendan saw the supports underneath the deck were sinking into the ground.

Brendan then discussed his findings with the homeowner, as well as his goals with a repair project, and he then presented the owner with some of our reliable foundation repair solutions.

Solution

One crew installed IntelliJacks underneath the deck to permanently stabilize this area and prevent any further sagging. The IntelliJacks permanently stabilize the above floors and help raise them back to the proper level. They are also designed to prevent further settling. But if any settling occurs, the IntelliJacks can easily be adjusted. The IntelliJack system also can support vertical loads exceeding 60,000 lbs.

Another crew, led by Foreman Ryan Toledo, installed several Push Piers underneath the problematic foundation inside the crawl space. Once crew members dug down to expose the foundation’s footing, heavy-duty steel brackets were secured. Rugged steel tubes were driven through the brackets to competent soils. The weight of the home was then transferred through the piers to load bearing strata. This ensures no further settlement will occur, and the home can be lifted back to level.

The homeowner now has peace of mind knowing these trustworthy solutions have helped him create a safe and stable living environment that he will be able to enjoy for many years to come.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Inspector: Brendan Kent

Foreman: Ryan Toledo

Installed Products: Push Piers, IntelliJacks

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