Rhonda S had a spacious crawlspace in her home in Salem Ar. She experienced sagging floors and cracking walls and door frames near the middle of her home. Rhonda contacted Crawl Space Solutions of Arkansas to find a solution to her problem. Our System Design Specialist inspected Rhonda's home, to find the supports in her crawlspace were no longer supporting the home, causing the floor to sag. These supports were made of cinderblocks, where one sank far enough that wood shims were placed to keep the support touching the wood beams. That solution was only short-term, as Rhonda found out. It required a lot of attention and maintenance, and ultimately did not work, as the supports continued to sink, providing the home with no support. Crawl Space Solutions of Arkansas designed a solution for her so she would need no longer worry about further damage to her home.
The best solution for Rhonda was to install a new support beam supports, which will provide the home with the necessary support so further damage does not occur. Crawl Space Solutions of Arkansas installed a new metal beam and the SmartJack support jacks to raise the floor back to its original position, as well as provide strong support and stability to the home.
SmartJack Installation Process: After the appropriate locations were determined for the support jacks, we excavated 2' by 2' holes and filled them with tightly compacted stone, which will not shift or settle, to stabilize the area. Next, we placed concrete bases, which were carefully leveled in each area. Then, we cut steel tubes to size to place on the concrete bases, fitted with mounts placed against the beam. Lastly, each jack was tightened in an attempt to raise the floor back to its original position.
Additionally, Rhonda decided it was best to encapsulate her crawlspace to give her crawlspace extra protection against humidity. Crawl Space Solution installed its CleanSpace System, which would control the home's moisture levels.
CleanSpace System Installation: We sealed off all points of entry for air, including vents and installing an airtight entry door, then installed a vapor barrier around the crawlspace, which was mechanically fastened to ensure it remains on the walls.