IntelliJacks Raise Sagging Floors and Restore Property Value of a Home in Orient, OH

Monday, April 11th, 2016 by Holly Richards-Purpura

Challenge

A homeowner in Orient, OH, has been working for two years to complete various home improvement projects in preparation for selling his house. He has lived in the house for 11 years, and the 56-year-old home needed a considerable amount of work.

The most significant projects needed to be completed in the crawl space to properly stabilize the home. The owner was aware of some sagging areas of the floor when he moved in, but he placed this issue on the backburners to focus on other projects. He knew he could no longer ignore this structural issue if he wanted to sell the home, so he consulted with Joshua Betts, Professional Engineer with Betts Structural Engineers.

Mr. Betts noted the floor girders and joists in the crawl space were sagging and failing to properly support the above floors. The homeowner said termites were common in the neighborhood, and Mr. Betts agreed the structural supports had been compromised by termite damage. Mr. Betts suggested the homeowner work with a foundation repair contractor immediately.

The homeowner researched various repair companies online, and then contacted Ohio Basement Authority after learning more about our services through our website. One of our inspectors completed a thorough evaluation of the home, its crawl space, and its structural support system. He concurred with Mr. Betts’ assessment, and presented the homeowner with the best permanent solution.

Solution

One of our expert crews, led by Jose De Jesus Tellez Ortiz, completely transformed the unstable and unhealthy area.

After removing the debris and failing insulation from the crawl space, the crew sistered several floor joists for additional reinforcement, then removed the damaged girder and replaced it with a heavy-duty I-Beam. Five IntelliJacks were installed to reinforce this beam and support the above floors.

IntelliJacks are made of galvanized steel so they will maintain their durability and be resistant to rust and corrosion. They help permanently stabilize the above floors, raise the floors back to level, and are designed to prevent further settling. If any settling or sagging occurs, the IntelliJacks can be adjusted.

The crew also encapsulated the crawl space in CrawlSeal liner to completely isolate the home from the earth. CrawlSeal prevents moisture and vapor intrusion, and it helps insulate the crawl space. Additional insulation installations included ExTremeBloc panels on the walls and spray foam in the band joists.

Vent covers were installed on the home’s exterior to seal the crawl space from outside air and pests, and a door was installed as a more secure and airtight access point.

The homeowner is pleased to know these permanent solutions have enhanced the home’s resale value, and helped create a safer and healthier living environment for the next owners.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Project Engineer: Joshua Betts, Betts Structural Engineering

Products Installed: IntelliJacks, Main Support Beam, CrawlSeal, ExTremeBloc, Door, Vent Covers, Spray Foam

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