A Bismarck homeowner contacted Innovative Basement Authority (IBS) to help correct the settlement which had been occurring over some time. The settlement was causing damage to the home’s floor coverings, the upstairs and downstairs cupboards, and the exterior brick veneer. There were also cracks in the sheet rock inside the home, and several doors and windows had been sticking.
Upon inspection, the Innovative Basement Authority specialist found that the north side of the home had settled approximately 2 inches. To determine the amount and direction of settlement, the specialist first inspected the home’s interior and exterior and surveyed the damage. He then shot laser lines in the basement and measured the distance between the laser lines and floor joists. This allowed him to prepare a diagram showing the actual amount of settlement and direction, which was then presented to the homeowner.
In this particular case, the foundation had cracked and failed at the east and west, causing the northward settlement. Knowing exactly what was settling, the specialist was able to put together an engineered plan to help the homeowner restore the home’s value and structural integrity. IBS uses a load calculator that does the “engineering” and determines the exact number of piers required to properly stabilize the foundation. This takes any guess-work out of the process and provides the best solution possible to our customers.
With the plan in place, IBS installed the piers to stabilize the foundation as designed and was also able to lift it 2 inches. Upon being lifted, the cracks closed up. The cupboards and doors were back to functioning based on the lifting alone with no further repair being required. With this type of repair, IBS guarantees the foundation will be stabilized for 25 years. This guarantee is also transferable to anyone who owns the home during the warranty period. IBS also attempts to lift once the piers are installed, as described above. We have great success in doing so, but all foundations and situations are different and lift is not guaranteed. That said, once stabilized, any interior damage can be repaired without the worry or expense of having to repeat the same repairs again and again.
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