Clay expands and contracts as the amount of moisture in the ground increases and decreases. That is why this wall has cracks in it, and is beginning to push inwards towards the basement.
Stair-step cracking is a typical sign of foundation settlement and is very common in brick and concrete block walls. As your home continues to settle further, vertical cracks may widen, indicating that the wall is rotating outward.
Horizontal cracking near the middle of the wall, like this one, is one of the first symptoms you will notice in the case of a bowing wall. They usually start out small and increase in width over time as the soil outside continues to exert pressure.
Here is an image after the installation of Smart Jack. This product provides immediate stabilization.
The PowerBrace system can actually improve the condition of the wall over time, unlike other systems.
The SmartJack Stabilizer is used because it provides the best opportunity to lift the above floors and walls back to their original position.
With 7 new PowerBraces, this homeowner can finally sleep at night knowing her foundation is secure. This system includes steel beams that won't rust, leaving your basement with a clean-cut appearance.
Sheila D. from Rumsey, KY knew that her basement had foundation issues. What she didn't know is that no amount of foundation settlement is normal, no matter the age of your home. She had begun to notice signs, like walls cracks and changes in the operation of doors and windows, pointing her to the fact that her foundation was sinking and settling. She gave Healthy Spaces a call, and System Design Specialist, Damon Cheatham, came to her home to do a thorough inspection.
In order to address these issues our team installed SmartJacks, a system produced to halt your sagging floors. Due to the soils and moistures in your crawl space, floors above crawl spaces are vulnerable. The Smart Jack system is a permanent fix to these issues. It uses steel columns, threaded rods, and a solid base to address any issues your crawl space may introduce to your floors. Installing this system usually takes less than a day and it provides immediate stabilization.
Along with SmartJacks, this basement needed a PowerBrace system. The PowerBrace system is designed to support basement walls and allow for potential straightening over time. The beams are zinc coated which makes the entire system resistant to corrosion. reduces abrasion and wear, and creates a non-toxic surface area.
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