Custom-Built Steel Columns
In October of 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated portions of the East Coast
from New England to South Carolina. The Jersey Shore was hit as hard as
anywhere, with some homes submerged in as deep as 6 ft. of water. In the
aftermath of the storm, FEMA and the State of New Jersey implemented new
codes and construction guidelines, requiring many damaged homes to be
elevated higher than previously required. This home in Ship Bottom, New
Jersey fell under these new guidelines, and Ram Jack Tri-States took the
idea of foundation repair to a whole new level.
Situation: Under the post-Sandy guidelines, the foundations of many homes had to be
raised in order to protect the structures from surging floodwaters and
giant waves should another storm or hurricane hit the area. Some homeowners
chose to use wood pilings, a risky and expensive endeavor that involved
the possibility of rolling their homes on very tight lots, which can leave
residents vulnerable to the effects of sway due to wind gusts.
Proposed Solution: Ram Jack proposed using custom-built steel columns attached to beams and
the home with steel plates and brackets. This would not only elevate the
home, but it would inhibit any unwanted swaying in strong winds.
Outcome: The home was elevated by using traditional beams and cribbing, a grade
beam was placed, and then Ram Jack Tri-States installed 27 steel columns.
The entire project took less than one week, raising the home the proposed
8 ft. and ensuring its protection should the worst happen again.
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