Many years ago, homeowners in Stout, OH, were excited to find a charming old house built around the turn of the 20th century. They have called this more than 100-year-old dwelling their home for almost 40 years, so maintaining a safe living environment is very important to them.
Along with sagging floors, the home’s structural integrity was beginning to concern the owners. They then contacted Ohio Basement Authority after learning more about our company online.
One of our certified inspectors who specializes in foundation repair visited the owners and completed a thorough evaluation at the 114-year-old house. He noted the problems were with the support beams in the crawl space.
It was evident that additional wooden beams had been placed underneath the existing ones to help support them. These beams, however, had begun to deteriorate and rot. Additional shimming like this is not an effective support strategy. It is only a temporary fix that will not lift the floors or walls.
Keeping in mind the homeowners’ goal of fixing their sagging floors, the inspector proposed various structural repair methods to them.
One of our many expert crews, led by Foreman Michael Gramly, completed the structural repair project in the crawl space within one day. The crew first supported the problematic area, then removed the older, rotting beams. A new, more sturdy floor joist was then secured in place.
This new beam was also further supported by three IntelliJacks. These heavy-duty, galvanized steel support jacks can each hold 30,000 pounds. They are designed to stop settling and even raise the above floor back to level. Their unique design also allows for easy adjusting.
These durable permanent solutions protect the problematic area from further settlement as long as the house is still standing. The owners are pleased with the new stability of their home, and have peace of mind knowing this will be a safer living environment for many more years to come!
Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority
Products Installed: IntelliJacks, New Support Beam