Thursday, April 18th, 2019 by Kinsey Price
Throughout the Southeast, many homes are built on crawl spaces, and it’s important to know what a dry, safe, healthy crawl space looks like compared to a wet or musty one, as your crawl space can affect your entire home.
If so, we can help! At Fortress Foundation Solutions, we take your home’s structure very seriously and offer trustworthy solutions to permanently stabilize any sagging floor or cracked, buckling floor joist issues you may have. Our engineer-designed SmartJack® floor leveling system features fully-adjustable, galvanized steel jack supports that steady and permanently stabilize and can potentially level your floors back to their original position.
To ensure the floor above your crawl space is stable, strong and level, the solid mid-span support of a post-and-beam assembly is required. Each SmartJack® installed underneath your home can support 60,000 lbs, far greater than the 30,000 lb support requirement to stabilize residential sagging floors and any partition walls resting on those floors.
A four-foot cube of soil is excavated at each SmartJack location in the crawl space. The hole is filled with concrete and stones to create a load-bearing footing. The custom engineered SmartBase® is then positioned on top to hold the SmartJack in place. Next, steel tubing is cut to the appropriate height while on site, and the column is connected to the horizontal support beam above. If your existing supports are rendered ineffective, we will install a steel i-beam support to replace the damaged support beam. Once all beams and SmartJacks are installed, they are adjusted to raise your floors to a level position.
If you suspect your sagging floors are due to crawl space damage, contact us for a free evaluation. Our experienced team of trained System Design Specialists will thoroughly inspect both the inside AND the outside of your foundation and provide a comprehensive evaluation of your home and the issues affecting your property and crawl space before letting you know exactly what’s causing your uneven floors and exactly how much it’ll cost to repair. Click here for more information about why SmartJacks may be the perfect floor leveling solution for you!