Crawl Space Structural Support Jack Solutions

Foundation column crumblingMaybe it’s because crawl spaces are inherently ugly and hidden away, but it seems as if they’re often repaired using less than ideal methods. These can include replacing original sunken columns with new concrete block columns, which in addition to taking a long time to cure, can settle into the soil below, requiring placement of shims over time between the new columns and the wood framing. Unfortunately, these shims are most often just a temporary fix that will have to be replaced or added to down the line.

Light-duty jack posts can seem attractive because they are adjustable and are relatively inexpensive. They are prone to failure over time, however, because they may not have been designed to support the loads placed upon them from the home. They can also be prone to rusting, and, like concrete columns, they don’t address the underlying (soil) issue.

SmartJackAt Thrasher Foundation Repair, we use the Supportworks SmartJack System, which is designed specifically for use as a supplemental support in a crawl space, to shore up sagging joists and beams and to be used in conjunction with the existing column. The galvanized steel components and the cast aluminum footing work in tandem with a cube of compacted engineered fill rock that absorbs and spreads the load to the surrounding soil and over a larger area. This leaves a sturdy, permanent fix that actually addresses the issues that caused the floors above the crawl space to sag in the first place.

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Cracked foundations, leaky basements and mildewy crawlspaces are often serious problems that shouldn't be ignored. If you feel you've put your repair project off long enough, financing can help you get it done now instead of later. It's not worth gambling with the investment you've made in your home!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • We use the Supportworks SmartJack System, which is designed specifically for use as a supplemental support in a crawl space, to shore up sagging joists and beams and to be used in conjunction with the existing column.

  • Each situation is different. Thrasher design specialists are trained to expertly diagnose crawl space problems. They use highly specialized equipment that allows them to develop a solution tailored to your home’s unique needs.  

  • We use the Supportworks SmartJack System, which is designed specifically for use as a supplemental support in a crawl space, to shore up sagging joists and beams and to be used in conjunction with the existing column.

  • The size of the jack depends on the size of home, extent of the issue, etc. One of our experts can assess your property and provide the best solution.

  • Cost is determined by many different factors. Contact us today for your free estimate!

  • We do not recommend lifting a house on your own. A design specialist can assess and recommend the best options for all of your needs.

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