Racked Foundation Case Studies
Having a street sweeper truck crash into your home sounds like a bad dream;
however, for the owner of a residence in Birmingham, Alabama, it was reality.
Situation: The street sweeper penetrated an exterior wall, causing cracks to form
in the brick as well as causing foundation damage. The foundation racked
in the direction of the impact. The home was in need of extensive repair.
Proposed Solution: Alabama Ram Jack proposed excavating the area prior to installing steel
helical tie-back anchors and helical piles to vertically stabilize the
foundation. Carbon Kevlar strengthening straps would be used to remedy
the inward bowing in the foundation.
Outcome: When finished, four interior helical tie-back anchors with helical tie-back
wall brackets and nine exterior piles were installed. These strategically
placed piles allowed stabilization of the structure while straightening
the leaning foundation walls.
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