Supporting the house from the basement
Structural Support OHIO,TX
There were a lot of issues with the structure of our house, most (if not all) due to poor home improvement on the part of the previous owners. This is the first in a series of posts about how we fixed these issues.
There were a few structural issues in our house that caught me off guard as a DIYer. I’m not ashamed to say I called in the experts. We hadn’t used our second floor in years. I had gutted our ensuite bathroom on the main floor. We knew we needed to replace a support wall that the previous owner had removed. We began our work in the basement. The structure works only as well as the support underneath. Start at the bottom and work your way up.
We Can Use These Steps For Supporting The House From The Basement
Sagging load-bearing joists: The first thing you need to know is that the basement is divided into two areas: the workroom and the recreation room. The workroom is located below the bedrooms and the bathroom. The double joists that support the load-bearing walls up above were sagging badly in the workroom. The first thing the contractors did was pull the beams down from below and level them out.
Three jack-posts were needed: The double joist required three jack-posts to remove the 3/4” sag. The posts were then replaced with a stud wall. Several jack posts were used to raise the joist until it was level, and then a stud wall was installed underneath.
The New Stud Wall: In the basement, the new stud walls carry the load from above and provide the dividing wall between the workroom and the basement bathroom. The new stud walls also double as the walls for the basement bathroom, which is located directly below the original location on the main floor.
Framing For The Bathroom Walls: The lifting of the joists resulted in cracks on the main and second floors due to their movement. This was not unexpected. In fact, it didn’t seem to be an issue since we were going to do a complete floor replacement on this end of the house. The damage on the second floor was not something that drywall compound or paint alone would have been able to repair. Having a few cracks now is better than more damage down the road.
Benefit of Structural Frame
Structural steel parts are lighter and more durable than weight-bearing wood or concrete. A typical weight-bearing steel fabrication is 30-50% lighter than a wood equivalent. This significantly increases the strength and durability of steel frame construction compared to traditional wood-framed alternatives.
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The process involves identifying and fixing sagging load-bearing joists, installing necessary jack-posts to level them, constructing new stud walls for support, and addressing any resultant issues, such as cracks in walls due to movement.
Structural steel parts are lighter and more durable than traditional weight-bearing materials like wood or concrete. A typical steel frame is 30-50% lighter than a wood equivalent, offering greater strength and durability.
Yes, we are skilled in assessing and repairing structural issues in older homes, including those caused by previous poor renovations or natural ageing of the structure.
If you notice signs of structural issues, such as sagging floors, cracks in walls, or other similar concerns, it’s essential to contact us for a professional assessment and appropriate remediation.