Stabilizing a Shifting Foundation in Grove City, OH

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 by Holly Richards-Purpura

Challenge

Homeowners in Grove City, OH, have lived in their house since it was built 33 years ago. The minute they moved in, they planned to make this house their forever home.

During the last few months, the owners noticed something alarming. Cracking could be seen on the home’s foundation, and one section appeared to be shifting and detaching from the rest of the foundation. This greatly concerned the homeowners, and they wanted to find the best permanent solution to this issue.

The owners browsed through Ohio Basement Authority’s website, and they were motivated to contact us for further guidance.  They met with one of our inspectors who completed a thorough assessment of the home and its foundation. He diagnosed the problem as an occurrence of foundation settlement, and he presented the owners with a sound solution.

During his assessment, our inspector also ventured into the crawl space. Along with interior wall cracks, he found the crawl space to be another area in need of attention. There was standing water, a failing sump pump system, improper sealing and insulation, and open vents. He also recommended the perfect repairs to transform this area, as well.

Solution

Ryan Toledo and his crew then completed several projects at the home.

First, they installed several Helical Piers underneath the section of the settling foundation. This involved first excavating the soil and digging down to the footer of the foundation. Once the footing was exposed, heavy-duty brackets were attached to the footing so the Helical Piers could be driven into the soil. These durable steel piers are installed to the appropriate depth and capacity to permanently stabilize the foundation, lift it back to level and prevent future settlement.

The crew then worked to repair the crawl space. The CrawlDrain drainage system was placed in the floor to catch seeping water and direct it to the SafeDri sump pump. Drainage matting was placed on the floor to help direct seeping water to the CrawlDrain system as well as enhance the durability of the encapsulation material.

IntelliJacks were then installed to help stabilize and lift a sagging section of floors over the crawl space.

The crawl space was then encapsulated in CrawlSeal liner. This thick and durable liner completely seals the crawl space to isolate it from the earth. CrawlSeal also acts as a moisture and vapor barrier, and it helps insulate the crawl space. The crawl space was further sealed from outside nuisances by vent covert that were placed over the vents on the home’s exterior.

The homeowners can rest easier knowing all of these trustworthy solutions are protecting their home, and have helped them create a safer and healthier living environment.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Foreman: Ryan Toledo

Products Installed: Helical Piers, IntelliJacks, CrawlDrain, SafeDri, CrawlSeal, Drainage Matting, Vent Covers

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