DRIVEN PILES REMEDY FOUNDATION FAILURE Case Studies
Washington is known for being a breathtaking city surrounded by mountains,
water, and evergreen forests, with a population of over 704,000 residents.
Though however beautiful the landscape may be, that can’t overshadow
the dismay of a homeowner whose home is experiencing foundation failure.
The homeowner knew there was something awry when they began noticing signs
of settlement where the foundation of the home met the front porch of
the structure. After being contacted by the homeowner, Ram Jack West sent
an expert to the home for a detailed evaluation. Upon evaluation, it was
evident that the home was, in fact, experiencing foundation failure. The
home had settled 2 3⁄4 in., causing concern since the second story
of the home was being supported by the failing foundation.
The Ram Jack West foundation specialist understood the stress the homeowners
were experiencing, but they also understand exactly what the home needed
to get it back into shape. The foundation specialist recommended that
seven (7) Ram Jack 2 7 ⁄8 in. diameter driven piles be installed
in the affected area to lift and stabilize the home from future downward movement.
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To ensure customer satisfaction, the seven Ram Jack piles were installed
in the crawlspace of the home. The Ram Jack West professionals were able
to successfully install the piles, with the addition of 35 ft. of angle
iron and 15 ft. of steel channel to ensure the stability of the home.
After the home was lifted 1 in. to reach maximum practical recovery, the
City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections required the
driven pile system be load tested. Testing was monitored and completed
by Redmond Geotechnical Services. The homeowners had peace of mind to
know that the load testing passed, meeting perfect load requirements.