Floor Joist Support
This is not too far out of the ordinary to see under a home, however when looking at the area it is certainly an older home. With age, usually comes some deterioration, which is what has happened in this structure. While many of these supports were left, there were several SmartJacks that were installed to take the majority of the load.
Solid Foundation Supports
This was actually one of the areas under the home that had some pretty solid support. This shows that even though some of columns under a home look strong and sturdy, it does not mean that each and every one of them is. If you believe that you are having sagging floors or other foundation issues, call an expert out to look at the problem!
Crumbling Support and Short Crawlspace
This picture pretty much sums up the work conditions of this particular project. It shows the biggest concerns that our Specialist had, with the crumbling brick support towards the back of the picture, as well as how short the crawlspace was. It can be difficult to determine the height of the crawlspace, but this particular area was no more than two feet tall.
Installed SmartJack and Support Beam
The first few photos gave a pretty good look at the support columns under the home, so often when SmartJacks are installed a support beam is installed for the SmartJacks to support. These beams help to spread out the weight of the structure more evenly and give all of the SmartJacks an equal surface to push against.
Taller Installed SmartJacks
This was one of the few areas that was actually big enough for the crew to work in. It is much more of a standing area and because of this, we had to use the taller SmartJacks, which are the same system, just elongated. Our crew was happy to get a break from the crawling and tight spaces when they got to this area.
Another Taller Area with Several SmartJacks
This home was in pretty bad shape with much of the floor sagging. Since the extent of the sagging was so great, there was a total of 22 SmartJacks that were installed. This may seem excessive, but it ensures that the home is on stable ground and will not have any further issues with sagging floors or cracking on the inside of the home.
What Must Be Done, Must Be Done
It was unfortunate that this was the only way to install the SmartJacks in this area, but it had to be done in order to ensure that the area was properly supported. The flooring was removed in this room in order for our crew to install both the SmartJacks and the supplemental beam.
Floor Removed for Installation
While this wasn't our favorite option, we knew that this was the only way to ensure that this home was properly supported. Fortunately this was the only area in which the "crawlspace" was so short that it was impossible to actually access it from below. The homeowner understood this and was happy to trade some slight remodeling to ensure secure floors.