Crawl Space Jacks
CRAWL SPACE SUPPORT POSTS WITH SMARTJACK®
- Supports loads of more than 60,000 lbs
- Galvanized for corrosion resistance
- Installs in limited-access areas
- The ONLY crawl space support jack that addresses problem soils
- To be stable, strong, and level, the floor above a crawl space requires solid mid-span support that’s usually provided by a post-and-beam assembly.
But beams are often undersized, and many contractors use wooden posts that can rot, shift, and settle. When this happens, floor joists sag and other structural problems occur. The SmartJack® system is a foundation repair product that provides a permanent solution to these problems.
The SmartJack® is also compatible with crawl space encapsulation systems, making it a good choice for homeowners wishing to eliminate moisture problems and improve home energy efficiency, while also solving structural problems.
INSTALLING THE SMARTJACK® SYSTEM
Preparing for installation: Our system design specialists will determine the best plan for your property’s needs, mapping out the location for each crawl space support jack. The installers will excavate a 2′ square, 2′ deep hole at each SmartJack® location that will be prepared with engineered fill consisting of tightly compacted crushed stone.
Placing the pre-cast footing: A pre-cast concrete base (or footing) is placed on top of the engineered fill and carefully leveled to serve as a stable base for the steel jack post. The engineered fill base underneath the footing provides solid support that won’t shift, settle, or be affected by soil moisture.
Cutting the jack posts to length: Once new bases have been installed, measurements are made for the steel crawl space jack posts, and the posts are cut to length. The steel tube used in each SmartJack® is manufactured with a triple-layer, in-line galvanized coating.
Assembling & tightening: Each crawl space jack post is assembled in your crawl space. The top of the crawl space jack is mounted against the girder, and the installation is carefully plumbed. Each SmartJack® is then tightened in an attempt to lift the floor back to its original position, straightening and leveling floors, closing cracks in walls, and halting future downward movement. The jacks will continue to be adjustable for future tightening, should you need it.
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.
YOUR CRAWL SPACE EXPERTS THROUGHOUT TEXAS!
At Baird Foundation Repair, we’re proud of our permanent, warrantied solutions for foundation settlement of all types. Our team of professional contractors has repaired settling foundations throughout Texas, and we’re ready to help you.
If you would like a free foundation installation quote on your project, call or e-mail us today! We’re proud to serve all of Texas with offices in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Houston.