Failing Garage Wall Stabilized
Introduction: Foundation problems can happen to any home. Even the most solid foundations
are subject to shifting earth, soil expansion and contraction, and subsurface
moisture. Over time, these factors combine to cause damage, which shows
up in the form of cracked walls, ill-fitting windows, and sticking doors.
Situation: The homeowner of a lovely residence in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, contacted
Ram Jack South Carolina after noticing a growing crack in the brick exterior
wall above the corner of his garage. A detailed inspection of the home
revealed that the crack was secondary to foundation settlement, which
also was causing the door frame for the garage to fracture and separate
from the wall.
Proposed Solution: Ram Jack proposed the installation of seven exterior helical piles around
the perimeter of the garage. Three piles were to be installed directly
under the cracked wall in the soil beneath the front, right edge of the
garage. Four piles were to be installed 6 ft. apart on the back wall of
the garage, wrapping around the back, right corner of the house. These
piles would work together to stabilize the structure and provide maximum
practical recovery to the failing wall.
Outcome: Each of the seven piles was installed as proposed, reaching an average
depth of 14 ft., providing maximum practical recovery for the structure.
After the installation of the helical piles was complete, the once severe
separation of the brick was almost completely closed, with only a small
crack above the garage still visible. After seeing the finished product,
the homeowner signed off on the project, pointing out that Ram Jack South
Carolina exceeded his expectations in every category.