We turned this nasty crawlspace with structural problems into a clean and safe crawlspace with the SmartJack support system.
After completing an interior remodel project in their home these homeowners realized that there was an issue with their home. More specifically that their stove was crooked, and throughout the entirety of their home, they had issues with bouncy and creaking floors. What they didn't realize until they went exploring was that between the right rear wall of their home they had a large crack, which was due to the home settling. Due to the settlement of the home, the cracks were spreading into their home through the sheetrock. As well they noticed that the front right corner of the house had a crack that seemed to be causing the same damage to the front of the home as the crack in the back was doing
For us to save their home before it was too late, we excavated around the perimeter of their home and installed 12 Stabil-Loc push pier systems, which spaned from the corner of their porch to the backside of their home past their sliding glass door. Once our systems were in place we then backfilled the excavation area and roughly graded it.
By implementing our piering system we were able to lift, level, stabilize and true their home to the best of our ability. During the lifting process while standing on the deck the homeowner could notice a significant difference almost immediately with the small amount of lifting that we had done before their project was fully completed. They could not have been happier with the outcome of their project, but more importantly, they are so glad that they do not have to worry at night about whether or not their home is going to fall over.
Due to where this home was built this homeowner's foundation was originally built on hard rock soil. The soil that their home was built on ultimately led to the cracking of their foundation, as well as the sinking of it. Due to this they knocked the original foundation down and built a new foundation on their existing soil. Due to not building the foundation on virgin soil the second time around the issues that they had dealt with their old foundation occurred again. Because they were tired of having to worry about living in an unsafe home these homeowners contacted Basement Systems of New York to see what could be done to help rectify their home's foundation.
To rectify the situation at hand we had to dig down several inches to get underneath their footing. Once we were underneath their footing we strategically implemented four Stabil-Loc push piers underneath their foundation, two on the right-hand side, one in the center, and one on the left-hand side. Our Stabil-Lock push pier systems once fully installed would allow for us to properly level and support their home. Next, we installed four Smartjacks foundation support systems underneath their main girder in their crawl space to distribute the weight of their home properly. Finally, before backfilling we filled the void that was created by us truing their home, by doing this we were able to ensure that no additional foundation issues will occur.
Even before their project was completed these homeowners could notice a significant difference in how their doors and windows opened, as well as how level their floors were. Once the project was fully completed they could not believe that the issues that they had been dealing with for several years were finally gone and they could sleep well at night knowing that their home would not sink ever again.
In the spring of 2019, these homeowners had us waterproof their basement with our patented WaterGuard Sub-Floor Drainage System with our TripleSafe sump pump. Because of how well the system has worked for them over the past two years and how beautiful the original project came out they decided to contact us again to take care of the structural and moisture issues within their crawl space.
Because of the structural issues that they were experiencing in their crawl space, they noticed that their floors had sunken three inches over a six-foot span. Because of this sinking, they noticed in their home bouncing floors, chairs that would roll freely when someone got up and having to sleep with their head at the bottom of the bed in order to get a good night's sleep as well as to get out of their bed.
In order to take care of the issues that they were noticing in their home and restore structural integrity to their home, we had to install several of our patented products. We first started by sistering their rotten and cracked floor joints, we then replaced their sill plate on their front wall. Once these two steps were completed we were able to move on to the heavy lifting. We then installed two steel i-beams on the outside perimeters of the crawl space, which we supported with four SmartJacks with precast footings. Once these two supports were in place we installed an eight-inch wide flat stock steel under their main girder, which we then supported with an additional four Smartjacks. Finally, we laid gravel throughout the crawl space so we would lay our drain matting along the entirety of the floor before we encapsulated their crawl space with our CleanSpace vapor barrier.
These homeowners were a little apprehensive about removing and repairing their sill plate, but once they saw how level and structurally sound their home was their minds were put at ease. They could not have been any more ecstatic about how their project came out, but more importantly that they did not have to deal with the headache of chairs moving and being able to get a good night of sleep.