During a remodel and an addition to their house the home owner found foundation cracks in their walls of the basement and also the garage. The homeowner found Hughes Construction Company on Angie’s List and contracted them to perform the necessary repairs. Michael Montgomery from Buyers Protection Group was the engineer on this project. The engineer’s specified repairs were to inject the foundation cracks, install 9 counterforts to prevent the wall from moving any further, and also to install a footer drain along the entire front and side of the house to relieve some of the hydrostatic pressure. Before Hughes Construction Company started the excavation we injected the foundation cracks with structural epoxy provided by Prime Resins. During the excavation, Hughes Construction Company discovered that the porch addition to the house (which housed the main entryway) was only supported by the house and two columns on the front of the addition. Buyers Protection Group specified that we install 3 foundation walls (one each on the front, left, and right sides) underneath the addition to further support it. Once the foundation walls were excavated we injected the cracks that were found on the outside of the walls with the material that was provided by Prime Resins. The lumber used on this project for the large amount of custom forms was provided by McCabe Lumber. For this project we poured the concrete in two phases. The concrete for this project was provided by Hilltop Basic Resources Inc. and was pumped by Buckeye Concrete Pumping Inc. In order to pour the foundation walls we had to use one sided forms. Once the repairs were completed and the footer drain installed, the foundation was sealed and insulation board installed. Hughes Construction compacted the soil in lifts as we backfilled to reduce the amount of settling. The equipment used to compact the soil was rented from Art’s Tool Rental.
This residence had severe cracking throughout the driveway and steps. Evans landscaping provided the new sub-grade and Moraine Materials provided the concrete. We used the “Signature Driveway Mix” on this job which has added fiber instead of rebar. Since this residence was on a main street with heavy traffic, special attention had to be given to expansion and control joints. This provides protection against the concrete on the street when it expands from pushing on the driveway, preventing it from heaving.
Hughes Construction Company is a licensed street contractor for the City of Cincinnati. In order for a contractor to work in the right of way, in the street or on the sidewalks in front of your house including your driveway, they must be licensed with the city. Through the City of Cincinnati’s Side Walk Safety program, engineers walk prospected areas within the city that they feel need to be replaced. Some of you may have seen these markings by the “white X” that gets placed in the corner the section of concrete they are requiring to be replaced. Unfortunately this is all done at the homeowner’s expense; the city provides the estimate for the work if you do not hire another contractor such as Hughes Construction Company.
This driveway was sinking in the middle from what we thought was a thin spot in the slab, but it turned out that there was poor sub-grade under it causing it to settle and eventually crack. Once the old driveway was removed, Evans Landscaping brought in new 304 sub grade that was heavily compacted. Moraine Materials provided the concrete; we use their "signature driveway mix" that contains fiber for added strength. Adding fiber helps prevent cracking and is a great alternative from rebar or wire mesh. None of the driveways we have replaced with this mix have cracked.
The rear foundation wall of this structure was pushed into house almost seven inches, causing the deck to be supported by the brick only. The brick collapsed eventually causing the deck to collapse with it.
The Robert Becker Group engineered five counter forts to be placed on the exterior of the foundation wall. Once the wall was re-leveled and the supports were installed, it was re-sealed and a new footer drain was put in. The interior of this home recieved several steel supports as shown in the pictures. The masonry repair was done by Bruce Ryan’s Masonry Construction, after which a brand new deck manufactured by Azek was installed independently of the house.
Special thanks to the suppliers we utilized on this project; Hill top Concrete, Buckeye Concrete Pumping, Frederick Steel, E-Z Rental, and McCabe Lumber Company.
From the home owner:
“ It went extremely well. This was a traumatic incident and once I finally got the plan and the work began, I felt like the whole job was in very capable hands. Tyler Hughes, the owner was on sight all but one day of the entire job. He and his crew are very professional and polite – which was great considering how long I had to live with them. Tyler is educated in his field, and his education and experience were apparent. The job took longer than originally anticipated because of a LOT of rainy weather, but they did everything they could to stay on my job until it was completed. They arrived promptly every day and worked hard while they were here. The job required a lot of coordination and was handled in a very orderly manner. This was an expensive job, but the price was fair for the work. ”
(Report from Angie’s List)