Home Built On Steep Slope Case Studies
Introduction: Foundation settlement is somewhat inevitable. Even with flawless construction
and the best building materials, the ground beneath every home will shift
and settle due to moisture, weather, and other factors. That’s exactly
what happened with this residence in Birmingham, Alabama. The beautiful
brick home was solidly built; however, Father Time eventually got his
way, and the foundation began to settle. The homeowners called Alabama
Ram Jack for a solution.
Situation: The foundation in the rear of the home had experienced significant settlement,
pulling laterally away from the home and creating gaps between the basement
floor and walls. Built on a steep slope, the home’s construction
created unique problems. Not only had the footings pulled out, but they
also pulled down due to the angle of construction. The settling foundation
created not only a cosmetic problem but also created safety concerns,
as the structural stability of the home was in question.
Proposed Solution: Alabama Ram Jack proposed using a combination of 12 driven piles and 12
helical tie-back piles to provide vertical support to the foundation as
well as to prevent any outward movement. Eight (8) new construction helical
piles would also be replaced to support a to-be-built rear deck that would
replace the deteriorated existing one.
Outcome: The professionals at Alabama Ram Jack completed the plan as proposed, lifting
the foundation over 1 in. using 32 total piles installed to an average
depth of 12 ft. Maximum practical recovery was achieved. Ram Jack’s
solution also provided an even base for the construction of a new deck
and the structural strength the home needs to remain stable for years.
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