I have a rental property built in 1924 in Miami that has sagging floors throughout the house. The kitchen area now is caved in a few inches and has cracked tile. I’ve been working with a foundation repair company and I signed a contract to fix (Smart jack) only the kitchen area ($6000 for 6 jacks, steel beam, and 7 joist reinforcements) which has the greatest depression of -2.9 inches. The cost of the entire house would be almost $20,000 and I can’t afford that currently. Long story short, the company now says they cannot go through the crawl space and now it will cost extra $5000 for another construction company to demolish 100sqft of the kitchen floor so they can access the crawl space. The crawlspace is 14 inches. They were well aware of this fact 2 months ago and had previously ensured me that they could do everything from underneath the house without disturbing the tenant. After the floor is fixed, I will not be able to make use of their 5-year adjustment warranty without destroying the floor again to give them access. My question to you is: Can I fix the kitchen sagging floor without jacks? And What is the best way to resolve this issue with my limited budget?
Current condition of the house on 04/06/21:
Crawlspace opening 13” x13”
Crawlspace height 14”
Various inferior support columns
87% Humidity in crawlspace
Evidence of mold
Evidence of wood rot
I appreciate your time.