Foundation & Retaining Wall Recovery Case Studies
Introduction: This classically designed house nestled in the heart of Pelham, Alabama
boasts classic brick construction, complete with white shutters surrounding
the neatly aligned windows and traditional style columns beneath the front
porch. Although the home’s timeless beauty reflects the bygone era
in which it was built, its age was beginning to show. When a city water-main
broke and flooded the home, worsening an already settling foundation and
damaging a retaining wall, the homeowner called Alabama Ram Jack for help.
Situation: The home had already been settling prior to the flood damage. In fact,
only five years prior, another foundation repair company had installed
helical piles to lift a settling area of the home. Cracks were visible
in the exterior brick walls, and a growing fissure in the interior floor
was growing too large to ignore. The homeowner was hoping Ram Jack could
provide a permanent solution.
Proposed Solution: Alabama Ram Jack proposed replacing the existing helical piles with deep-driven
steel piles that would penetrate below any seasonal water and potential
flood damage. Additionally, Ram Jack proposed the construction of a new
restrained-concrete retaining wall to replace the existing one. Helical
tie-back anchors would be installed to provide added lateral support.
Outcome: Ram Jack successfully executed its plan, installing 10 helical piles with
interior slab brackets to an average depth of 10 ft. inside the home and
a combination of 12 driven piles with side load brackets and 10 helical
piles to an average depth of 30 ft. around the home’s exterior.
These new piles replaced the existing ones, which previously reached a
depth of only 5 ft. The structure was lifted 1.25 in., closing the exterior
cracks in the brick wall and providing the structural support the home
needs to withstand normal wear and tear and unforeseen circumstances in
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