Homeowners in Athens, OH, have lived in their house for 20 years, and they were growing concerned with the structural stability of their 42-year-old home.
They recently began to notice various cracks in their foundation walls that looked like stair steps. Stair-stepping cracks are common signs of foundation settlement. While there are a variety of possible causes for settlement, the most common reason is hydrostatic pressure. Wet soils expand and exert pressure on the wall, reducing the structural integrity.
Hoping to address these issues before they became worse, the homeowners contacted Ohio Basement Authority. Inspector John Becker, Sr., noticed the cracking patterns during his thorough inspection of the interior and exterior of the home. He suggested two ways to reinforce the foundation walls.
A portion of the west wall and southwest corner was excavated to expose the foundation footing. Rugged steel tube sections were hydraulically driven through heavy-duty steel foundation brackets to reach the depths of competent load-bearing strata. The weight of the home is then carefully transferred through the piers. This ensures no further settlement will occur, and provides the best opportunity to lift the home back to level.
Two PowerBrace beams were also installed on the west foundation wall. The durable beams are secured to the concrete floor and above floor joists, and can be tightened at intervals for wall improvement.
These products meet the homeowners' goals of permanently stabilizing the foundation walls, attempting to left the foundation walls back to level, and straightening the walls.
The homeowners are happy to now have a house that will be stable for years to come.
Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority
Certified Inspector: John Becker, Sr.
Products Installed: Push Piers, PowerBrace System