Have you been dealing with uneven floors or gaps between the walls and floor in your home? These are symptoms of crawl space damage, and they’re brought on by high levels of moisture below your home. Without the proper care, your home is put at risk of major structural damage. Thankfully, the SettleStop IntelliJack™ crawl space support post keeps a damaged crawl space safe with its sturdy galvanized steel design.
How SettleStop IntelliJack™ Works
The SettleStop IntelliJack™ system provides solid support for sagging and undersized beams, permanently restoring stability and straightness to sagging floor joists in a crawl space. Remember, installation should always be handled by a professional team, as these solutions require special training to handle. Plus, DIY solutions can waste time and money. Here’s how the installation process works:
- Locate the Installation Location
First, one of our team members inspects your home and diagnoses your home’s individual crawl space problem. On the day of installation, our experts will arrive at your home to carefully mark and center the footings for each individual beam. These footings provide a stable base for the SettleStop IntelliJack™ posts to rest on.
- Measure and Fit
Once the beams are put in place, the heavy-duty steel SettleStop IntelliJack™ rods are cut to size and tailored perfectly for your home’s crawl space. Using careful measurements, the rods will fit precisely between their footings and the damaged crawl space beams in order to provide your floors with unwavering support.
- Lift the Floors
Once the support posts are installed, your floors are lifted back into their original position and will stay that way for years to come. The SettleStop IntelliJack™ System supports loads of more than 24,000 lbs., so your home is guaranteed to stay supported.
Why Our Solution is the Best for Your Crawl Space
- SettleStop IntelliJack™ is made of galvanized steel that increases its strength and durability while also protecting it from rust, corrosion, and rot.
- The SettleStop IntelliJack™ system is completely compatible with our crawl space vapor barrier system, allowing you to address crawl space mold and humidity issues while simultaneously repairing structural issues.
- SettleStop IntelliJack™ support posts can be adjusted over time to adapt to any settlement that could take place below your crawl space. With this feature, the support beams can also fit in a variety of crawl spaces with little difficulty.
Signs Your Home Needs the SettleStop IntelliJack™
Usually, sagging floors happen because of wood rot. When moisture levels rise in your crawl space, wood rot takes place over time and causes the wooden beams supporting your floors to break down. Wood rot makes it impossible for your crawl space to keep your floors in their proper position.
Over Spanned Floor Joists
While over spanned floor joists are a rare occurrence, they can happen. Floor joists are integral in keeping your floor from collapsing. Sometimes, a contractor may build your crawl space with too much space between each floor joist. In this case, there is not enough structural support for your floor, so it begins to sag.
Mold grows in any crawl space with high levels of moisture. Even though mold may not lead directly to sagging floors, it can indicate that structural problems are on the way (if they haven’t occurred already). If you’re noticing mold in your crawl space, sagging floors follow closely behind.
The crawl space is important for one very simple reason: it contains many of your home’s most important structures and systems. This includes your HVAC system, electrical wiring, plumbing, insulation, your floor’s support beams, and foundation. Your home relies on these systems to function properly.
Anything that affects your crawl space can also affect these systems. For instance, sagging floors can damage pipes below your home and lead to flooding. Flooding can cause further damage to your crawl space.
While you could replace rotting wood in your crawl space, it doesn’t solve the moisture problem. Eventually, new wood will rot again. Using the SettleStop IntelliJack™ system is the best way to keep your home well supported. Using these crawl space support posts in tandem with crawl space encapsulation, dehumidifiers, sump pumps, and drainage systems provides even more protection against moisture issues in the future.
Not really, unless you use professional solutions such as dehumidifiers or vapor barriers, which Peak also offers. If too much water gets into your crawl space, you might deal with puddles below your home that take a long time to drain. Plus, if water is absorbed into the soil below your crawl space, it will eventually evaporate and seep into the walls and wooden support beams bolstering your home. Over time, wood rot develops and the IntelliJack™ system becomes a necessary solution to keep your home from collapsing.
Call Us For A Free Inspection
Every homeowner deserves a healthy crawl space. If you’re noticing dips in your floors, or a bounciness as you walk through your home, it’s time for a crawl space inspection. Peak has been serving homeowners in Denver, Colorado Springs, and the Pikes Peak Region for 20 years, and we’re committed to bringing the same dependable service to your home.
If you want to learn more about crawl space repair options, or if you want to schedule a free inspection for your foundation, contact us today. Peak Structural is here to help with any problem your crawl space might be facing!