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Old 06-15-2013, 09:09 AM   #1
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Hi could anyone recommend me an experienced contractor to jack up the floors of my 3U house in north Jersey?

This three-floor house sagged in the middle by 2-3 inches. I thought I could do-it-myself but jacking up all three floors together seems beyond my range - someone told me it will need operating 20-50 tons house jacks. So I need a professional.

Please reply here or email me at: zhaow00@yahoo.com

Thank you and appreciate any information.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:43 AM   #2
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Let's see... What possibly "sagged" first was the ground under the house, so what are you jacking against?

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Just a couple of guesses.
Anytime I see this on more then one floor in an old house I start trying to figure out where someone removed a supporting wall without adding some supports.
Most older homes also have over spaned, under sized floor joist or insect, fungus damage or failing foundations.
A lot to figure out before anyone would lift it.
Unsure what to do I would start with an enginner to come up with a written plan on how to fix it before making any calls to contractors so there compairing apples with apples.
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Let's see... What probably "sagged" first was the ground under the house, so what are you jacking against?
Thanks for the post. It's the column that settled or sagged in the basement, and then all the three floors sagged at this part. I thought I wanted to jack up the girder above that column, then build new columns to support the girder.

Please recommend anyone you know who can do this. Thanks.
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Thanks for the post. It's the column that settled or sagged in the basement, and then all the three floors sagged at this part. I thought I wanted to jack up the girder above that column, then build new columns to support the girder.

Please recommend anyone you know who can do this. Thanks.
That was kind of my point. That column was the initial support for the rest of the house. It sat on the ground. The ground let the column sink.

I fear you have a lot more to look at than merely jacking up the house to have it again be supported by the same earth base that failed in the first place.

Over the years, all you will do is keep shoving the newer columns down deeper into the ground...... then jacking up again, and replacing with yet another column... until it, too sinks, and needs replacing.

I think you need to look for a foundation specialist in your area.
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Thank you Willie T. Someone mentioned I should find an Engineer. Is this what you meant by "foundation specialist"?
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Try this:
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You may need a soil specialist... maybe not... but I'd start with an engineer

Maybe your pad/footing was insufficient size.... maybe a soil problem that requires deeper piers or even helical support/jacking.

Generally, it's not inexpensive and you will likely get several different opinions... It's sorta the nature of the problem... most times no one is dead certain....I would take my time and spend the effort to research your problem thoroughly though.

Just my experience and personal opinion.

Starting your research here is a great idea.... You have got some real experienced men, that will expose you to alot of good possibilities.... the only drawback is that they can't first hand evaluate it.... but you'll have an idea if a local contractor is BS'ing you

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