Foundation Repair Photo Album: Old Wooden Supports Need to be Replaced, North Chelmsford, MA
A homeowner in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts had recently purchased a house that was built in the early 1900s. The old wooden supports in the basement needed to be replaced, and the homeowner believed that they were the original supports. They contacted EFS to get a free inspection of their basement. Our Design Specialist, Victor Tapia, inspected the supports and recommended that they be replaced with galvanized steel SmartJacks and a Supplemental beam.
Our installation team, led by Eric Witham, began by setting up temporary posts to support the floor system while they removed the old supports. They then chipped out four sections in the basement slab to install footings for the four SmartJacks. We used big plate footings to support the galvanized steel supports and supplemental beams. Once the plates were in place and leveled, we cut the supports to the correct length to install our beam and support the floor joists.
After placing everything correctly, the team used the adjustable topper on each SmartJack to start lifting, leveling, and stabilizing the floor system. Once everything is in its final position, we mixed concrete and poured it over the footings to lock everything into place. The homeowners were very pleased with the results of the project and had peace of mind that the original supports wouldn't fail.
Original Wooden Supports
The home was built in the early 1900s and the homeowners wanted to upgrade the support posts.
SmartJacks and Supplemental Beams
We first installed footings below the slab. Then cut the SmartJacks to the correct size so we could install our supplemental beam. Then we used the adjustable top to lift, level, and stabilize the floor system above.
Lastly, the team mixed and poured concrete over the footings to lock the SmartJacks into place.