This homeowner in Princeton, IN noticed their floor was starting to sag in certain areas. They didn't want to take the chance of the problem becoming even bigger so they decided to give Healthy Spaces a call.
Our Design Specialist was quickly able to find the problem and designed a plan for this homeowner to fix their floors. Crawl spaces can experience structural sagging due to rot-weakened joists, girders, or posts. In this case, you can see the floor joist shows signs of compression due to the weight of the home - and too few support posts.
Healthy Spaces installed 4 SmartJack's, which provides solid support for sagging and undersized beams, restoring stability and straightness to sagging floor joists in a crawl space. A benefit to installing a SmartJack system is that they are made of galvanized steel for corrosion resistance. it can also support vertical loads exceeding 60,000 lbs.
What happens when your block foundation wall is starting to bow, buckle or bend? The best way to reinforce your wall is to secure it with a Fiber-Reinforced Polymer like CarbonArmor. It is 10 times stronger than steel and is specifically designed for basement walls. First, an epoxy resin is applied to the prepared wall. Next, the carbon fiber is applied to the resin and maximum contact and adhesion is ensured. Once the CarbonArmor is applied to the wall, the wall is reinforced and the pressure from outside soils is being withheld by the straps, not transferred to your floor.
These Henderson, KY homeowners were very concerned about the stability of their foundation wall. It was bulging out due to swelling soils. The soil was swelling because groundwater was present. That created another problem--leaking walls. The homeowners met with Damon Cheatham of Healthy Spaces and together, they designed a cost-effective, custom solution to both problems.
First, the installation team would jackhammer out a trench around the perimeter of the basement to install Waterguard, a french drain-like system, that would capture the wall and floor moisture and direct it into a sump pump to be removed from the basement. Second, the installers would place a wall moisture direction system called Brightwall on to the walls. This will direct the wall leakage into the Waterguard before it comes into contact with the interior basement air. This will keep the relative humidity lower and reduce the risk of mold growing in the basement. Brightwall also has the added benefit of making the basement look brighter and cleaner--a real wow experience! Third, the installation team installed several Powerbraces along the wall to stablize and reinforce it. The Powerbraces are secured at the top and bottom to provide a rigid and structually sound reinforcement to the block wall. As you can see, it looks like a completely new basement.
This Robards foundation started off with a small crack above the garage door. Over the past few years that small crack turned into an even bigger one. They knew that they had to do something about this before the situation got worse, so they called Healthy Spaces to solve the problem.
Our System Design Specialist, Mike Rogers, quickly came to evaluate the situation. He concluded that the foundation was settling and recommended installing Helical Piers. With a plan set, Kyle Devine and his product team came out to the home to start the project.
Helical Piers were installed around the outside perimeter of the home and garage. Once the soil was removed from the areas where the piers were being installed, heavy-duty foundation brackets were positioned below the footing. The weight of the home was then transferred through the helical piers to deep, competent soils.
Signs of wall failure can show up differently depending on whether the home has a concrete block or poured concrete walls. For this homeowner in Robards, KY, they were showing signs of bowing walls starting to take place.
Design Specialist, Damon Cheatham, came out to asses their foundation and together they designed a solution that would permanently stabilize their home's foundation. Our Foundation crew, Tad and Garrett, installed 10 PowerBrace's. The PowerBrace system allows the system to be tightened over time, stopping wall failure without invasive drilling or digging on the property. PowerBrace's state-of-the-art brackets were engineered to provide strong joint reinforcement while also protecting the integrity of the home's floor system.