Abner Creek Baptist Church Case Studies
Introduction: Abner Creek Baptist Church is more than just a building. It’s the
spiritual, social, and family center of the lives of numerous people in
Greer, South Carolina. While it would be nice to think that such buildings
are spared wear and tear over time, that isn’t always the case,
as evidenced by the foundation and structural damage endured by the church
prior to the intervention of Ram Jack.
The Problem: A representative of Abner Creek Baptist Church contacted Ram Jack South
Carolina regarding a foundation issue. Upon inspection, it wasn’t
difficult to figure out why the church needed help. The electric room
off the church gym was settling and separating from the main structure,
causing a number of large cracks to form in the interior and exterior
walls in addition to structural damage to the building itself. The origin
of the issue appeared to be normal soil settlement likely complicated
by poor drainage and improper grading. The church had a two-week window
for Ram Jack to perform the repair, which was complicated by the fact
that a large gas line would need to be moved before a crew could install
the pilings needed to repair the structure.
Proposed Solution: First, the gas line would need to be relocated in order to prevent utility
damage and ensure the safety of both the repair crew and church population.
Next, four exterior driven piles would be installed in the area of damage,
which would subsequently be used to lift and stabilize the settling corner
of the building.
Outcome: Ram Jack South Carolina installed driven piles, with guide sleeves, and
standard brackets to an average depth of 28 ft. to lift the corner of
the structure. In doing so, the structural integrity of the building was
restored, and the interior cracks on the cinder block walls and exterior
cracks on the brick were almost completely closed. The repair was completed
within the church’s designated time frame, and their normal operations
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