Advantages To Our System:
At Foundation Recovery Systems of Mississippi, we recommend installing the SmartJack™ System, which uses adjustable heavy duty steel crawl space jack posts. These posts install quickly in a home and provide the best solution for restoring stability to your structure.
The SmartJack™ system can be installed in tight conditions, usually in less than a day. Made with galvanized steel for corrosion resistance, it can support vertical loads exceeding 60,000lbs.
The adjustable design of our crawl space jack system means that sagging floors can not only be stabilized; they can also be restored their original position in many cases.
To address the issue of poor supporting soils, each crawl space jack distributes the weight of the home through a precast concrete footing and a base of engineered fill material.
The SmartJack™ is the only solution that addresses problem soils during crawl space restabilization!
Encapsulating The Crawl Space
If your wood crawl space joists, girders, and/or supports were damaged by mold, rot, and moisture, then you will want to address these issues to prevent future damage.
The encapsulation process involves sealing all crawl space vents, installing an airtight crawl space door, and lining crawl space walls and floors with a durable plastic liner. This treatment can also include additional drainage measures like installing interior drains and a sump pump.
Encapsulation stops moisture-related damage and associated structural problems that occur when framing members rot and deteriorate. By investing in crawl space encapsulation, you'll also improve overall home energy efficiency and indoor air quality.
What NOT To Do
Here are three "fixes" that we at Foundation Recovery Systems of Mississippi do NOT recommend:
Crawl space girders or beams are sometimes supported by columns made from concrete blocks. The blocks are typically stacked on a concrete footing and held together with mortar.
Once the column has been built and the mortar has cured, the extra space between the uppermost block and the floor girder above is filled with wooden spacers or "shims". Because of the wait for the concrete footing and mortar to cure, this is a very slow, time-consuming process.
Since the completed column isn't adjustable, additional shimming will be needed as the concrete column settles or the wood girder shrinks.
Some homeowners and contractors will attempt to use concrete blocks to repair a sagging crawl space, with wooden "shims" wedged in at the top to fill in any empty space.
This kind of installation is a short-term solution that requires constant maintenance and reshimming. And because your concrete columns will continue to sink into the earth below, this solution will ultimately fail.
This is a "cheap fix" solution for repairing a girder and floor that have sagged because of settled concrete columns. Temporary jacks are used to lift the girder, and wooden shims are pushed between the existing column and the floor girder. The jacks are then removed.
This is a short-term fix only - the concrete columns will continue to settle, requiring additional shimming and maintenance in the future.
Light-Duty Jack Posts
Skinny, light-duty jack posts are available at many hardware stores and home centers. This type of adjustable steel post is often installed on top of a concrete block that rests on the ground in the crawl space.
Unfortunately, these posts hold very little weight, have poor stability and are difficult to adjust. Also, they won't compensate for poor supporting soils in the crawl space. This is not the solution you need!
We're YOUR Crawl Space Structural Support Contractors!
If you'd like a permanent solution for your crawl space issues or any other foundation problem, we're ready to help you. We offer free crawl space structural repair quotes to homeowners in the Mississippi area. To schedule your free, on-site visit and written estimate, call or e-mail us today!
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