Get the Support of I-Beams
I-beam’s are support units used when sections of a wall have become severely displaced
When installed according to code, the I-beams are placed 4 feet on center and can hold 24,000lbs per ½ inch displaced – supporting the exterior pressure with ease.
Because a permit is not necessary for these installations, contractors often ignore The International Building Code requirements and the supports inevitably fail.
At Great Lakes Waterproofing, we don’t adhere to minimum requirements.
We Follow Engineer Best Practices
- We actually use “I-Beams.” Several companies reference “I-beam” installations” because that is the recommended material; however, do not actually use them. How can you tell? Because “I-beams” have the shape of an “I”
- We adhere to building code requirements by fastening these beams to the two strongest supports in the home – the footing and the sill plate. More often than not, others will anchor these beams directly to the floor, but the concrete floor offers no structural support to the home.
- We further distribute the pressure by attaching a secured steel plate to 3 additional floor joists. This is not required by code, but is an engineer best practice.
- We DO NOT bolt the beam directly to the sill or joists, but secure it using a slip plate. As a foundation shifts and settles, the framework can develop tension if it’s bolted directly. This method allows foundation movement while still maintaining wall stability.
A job well-done is priority #1.
Great Lakes Waterproofing is one of the largest and most dependable basement waterproofing companies serving the Chicago and Michigan area.