It was easy for a new homeowner in Delaware, OH, to fall in love with a house that was built 132 years ago. Not long after moving into the house, however, the owner noticed a structural problem. There was at least one low, sagging spot in the first floor. This indicates a problem with the support system under the house.
Concerned with the safety and structural integrity of the home, the owner was motivated to address this problem once and for all. After he saw Ohio Basement Authority’s ads on TV, the owner was eager to contact us to learn more about how we could help him. He met with one of our inspectors who ventured into the crawl space under the house to evaluate the situation. Our inspector found improper supports such as stone columns, failing wooden floor joists, and light-duty jack posts that were not doing the trick.
He then presented the homeowner with one type of our many reliable foundation repair solutions.
One of our crews then installed new steel support beams in the crawl space, which were further reinforced by several IntelliJacks.
Light-duty jack posts like the ones in the crawl space 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 replaced these jack posts, with, however, are made of galvanized steel. This 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. But if any settling occurs, the IntelliJacks can easily be adjusted. The IntelliJack system also can support vertical loads exceeding 60,000 lbs.
The owner now has peace of mind knowing his home will be a safe and structurally sound living environment for many years to come because of this repair project.
Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority
Products Installed: IntelliJacks, Steel Supplemental Beams