This Celestine, IN home was have a problem with expansive soils pressing inward on the block foundation basement walls. The pressure was causing bulging and cracking, which besides being ugly, was actually showing the foundation needed reinforcing in those areas.
The standard repair is usually to anchor the wall by driving rugged steel wall anchors from the interior of the basement through virgin soil out to an anchor in the yard. The wall anchor system is not functional in every situation. There was a challenge to repairing this wall because there wasn't adequate easement on the side of the house to allow for wall anchoring. Due to the extremely tight quarters, anchoring was out. Instead, Chris, the design specialist, suggested reinforcing and stabilizing the wall with beams called PowerBraces. Powerbraces anchor above the wall and below it to keep the wall stable and the foundation movement from affecting safety. The installation took just a couple days and was an immediate relief to the worried homeowners!
This Lewisport home was experiencing the common signs of a wall failure problem: stair-step cracking on the inside of their home. Once these homeowners realized that the problem could (and would!) eventually get worse, they quickly gave Healthy Spaces a call to solve the problem.
Our System Design Specialist, Damon Cheatham, concluded that the foundation would need to permanently stabilize the walls by installing PowerBraces. The PowerBrace is designed to support basement walls and allow for potential straightening over time. Some highlights on installing PowerBraces are: their zinc coating makes the entire system resistant to corrosion, clean-cut appearance, and professionally installed.
With a plan set, Kye Devine and his production team came to the home to start the project.
Foundation stabilization technology has changed a lot in the last 150 years. Unfortunately, many of the foundation components haven't. This home, like many in the Hartford, IN area, is resting on a yellow brick foundation. In order to stabilize the bricks and keep the foundation level, concrete pylons were poured at intervals along the foundation. Now, the homeowners have noticed extreme settling and cracking throughout the home. The best and most long-lasting way to stabilize this foundation is to clip the pylons and put the entire home on a rugged steel push pier system. In the before picture, you can see the pylon and surrounding brick. In the after picture, you can see the installed piers, which have been hydraulically driven to the engineer approved resistance depth and are resting on bedrock underneath. The piers have been capped off and the home is now off weighted from the failing soil onto the piers.
The owners of this home in Boonville, IN were experiencing uneven floors throughout their home and were interested in fixing this problem. Our Design Specialist met with the homeowners and together they decided that the SmartJack system was the best solution.
SmartJacks are steel support systems used to stabilize and level the girders and floor joists in a crawl space. They are able to support 60,000 lbs. The SmartJacks were installed directly into the foundation floor, extending 3 feet tall, permanently stabilizing, lifting the home and providing level floors.
Homeowner Mike, who lives in Boonville, IN, has noticed that his floors have begun to slowly sag over the years. After doing some research, he reached out to Healthy Spaces to have his situation assessed. Design Specialist, Donnie Stuteville, looked at her issue and proposed him a SmartJack System.
The SmartJack System is made of zinc-plate and hot-dip galvanized steel to prevent rust and eliminate weakening from moisture, mold, and wood rot. They had a load capacity of more than 60,000 pounds making them ideal for stabilizing a home's sagging floor. The concrete is dug up and filled with tightly-compacted crushed stone to provide the proper weight barring exertion needed for each column. Once the holes are filled, the SmartJacks are installed and cemented down to the floor and connected to the girder system. Each SmartJack is tightened to permanently stabilize the floor, and even potentially lift the floors back to level.