First you will need a few essential tools to get started,
here is a list:
- Water level
- One 15 to 20 ton hydraulic jack
- A pair of coveralls
- Leather gloves
- Extra blocks, 4” x 8” x 16”, 8” x 8” x 16”
- 4”x 12” or 4” x 16” wedges
Take the water level and start by checking all the outside corners and the middle of each beams length and find the high spot. Once you establish the highest point you need to begin working to jack the entire home up level to this. If the home is more than an inch out of level you will need to use more precaution.
We have witnessed some homes up to 8” out of level due to slabs settling under poorly compacted soils. Homes with this much work to bring to level may require a second day and may require a slab jacking company to aide in filling voids under the slab with grout. Usually this is not the norm.
Your home may only require minor adjustments as do most that have been setup for several years. Start jacking from the area that makes the most sense which is usually from the highest point working outward toward the lowest point. Use blocks and wedges to secure the home at the correct level. If using a water level make sure that all the air bubbles are out of the line (hint: use a little surfactant in the water).
When you are under the home use the flashlight to check heat ducts, water lines for leaks and underbelly wrap for holes. Any repair that is made to these things can save a homeowner hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Water leaks are usually the cause of tremendous ground settling.
During and after you finish leveling the home; check the tie-downs to make sure they are all secure. Let the homeowner know any of your findings so they can make informed decisions on their homes’ repair and costs.
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