Unlike “dumb” jack posts, the Supportworks SmartJack® System is designed specifically for use as a supplemental support in a crawl space or basement, 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 the floors above the crawl space to sag in the first place.
Often crawl spaces and basements are 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. And as with the new concrete columns, they don’t address the underlying problem that caused the original columns to settle and the floors to sag. And, as with concrete columns, shims aren’t adjustable.
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 and additional shims, they don’t address the underlying (soil) issue.
Dritek Foundation Solutions design techs 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. By the time the inspection is over, you’ll know exactly what caused the problem, exactly what it will take to fix it permanently and exactly how much it will cost to do so.
Once a solution has been customized for your home, we pick a date for the job. At that time, a highly trained crew of technicians will install the solution, leaving your home fixed and protected for future generations — restoring its value, improving your family’s quality of life and giving you lasting peace of mind.
Put simply: because we can permanently repair your foundation problems on time and on budget. Don’t Settle!
Dritek Foundation Solutions has been making homes whole and restoring their owners’ peace of mind for more than 30 years. We’re a member of the Supportworks network — a group of more than 130 contractors across the United States and Canada that is committed to redefining the industry by proving that more is possible when it comes to the homeowner-contractor experience.
Honesty. Transparency. Courtesy. Respect. These are the values that drive us, from the person who first takes your call to the person who shakes your hand when the job is completed to your satisfaction. Don’t settle – call us today – you’ll be glad you did!
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