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Is Foundation Repair Needed?

A house that has cracks inside or outside may have foundation issues that need to be repaired. The cracks can be found in the brick, sheetrock, floorboards, tile, and foundation.  Many times gaps can be found between some doors and windows.  The damages can also cause problems in the basement including leaning walls and flooding.

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The reason for foundation damage is the soil beneath the home. Expansive soil can shrink and swell according to the moisture in the ground. High moisture levels can cause the soil to expand which will heave and lift the home. Some factors that contribute to too much moisture in the soil are plumbing leaks and improper drainage. The opposite can also happen. If there’s not enough moisture in the soil, it will shrink and cause the foundation to settle.  Besides wind and heat, another factor that can cause a lack of moisture in the ground is trees.  If trees are present close to a home, the roots can extend under the home’s foundation and take in the moisture from the soil.

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Why do we need to repair these?  If the foundation isn’t repaired, the issues can get worse over time.  Repairing the foundation cannot only help with the cracks in the house, but it can also fix doors and windows that no longer close properly.  Another reason for foundation repair is the home’s resale value. Since most people end up selling their home at some point, the resale value will be significantly lower if the home has foundation and structural damages. These damages must be disclosed to potential buyers.  In the end, no one wants to purchase a home with signs of foundation failure and it is cheaper to repair your homes foundation rather than risk lowering the price substantially to make a sale.

 

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Building Foundation Types

Foundation serves as an anchoring structure for a building. It holds the house into the ground and provides a level grounding for the building to sit on. A solid foundation is crucial to the longevity of your home or building. If your foundation was poorly built or has aged over time, your structure could settle as the soil moves. This leaves you with a damaged home.

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Construction workers with blueprints at construction site

Foundation allows a structure to stand in place, even when the soil around it shrinks or expands from moisture. This prevents the home from succumbing to environmental stresses below. If the soil is heavily saturated and turns into mud, a home or building still stands. Conversely, if the soil around the house is extremely dried out, a solid foundation will keep the home from moving too much.

One of the most important functions of foundation is to counteract weight. The deeper the foundation, the more counterbalance there can be. The counterbalance offsets any additional force that might be applied towards the building above the soil. By anchoring it into the ground, it is literally having the weight of the world push against it. This keeps the building locked into place.

Not every building requires the same amount of foundation, though. The demands of a skyscraper are vastly different than the needs of a manufactured home. Because of this, different building foundation types exist. This keeps each structure properly anchored due to its particular requirements.

 

Shallow Foundation

This is a majority of the foundation you will find in any residential area. The structure of a home or small building does not require a tremendous amount of counterbalance in order to keep it in place. As such, homebuilders primarily plant shallow foundation. This gives the base a structure needs to stay steady.

Shallow foundations can be made in a variety of methods. Their construction varies, but the purpose of each one remains the same: give buildings the support they need.

 

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Spread Footing

Spread footing is just a bit wider than the wall or structure directly above it. It’s a very precise, direct form of foundation where only the actual structure is supported instead of having any left over.

 

Combined Footing

Combined footing is where multiple columns are reinforced by fortified concrete. These may be utilized when a load bearing structure is unable to go past a certain point. You may find one of these in use when a column cannot go past a building’s end.

 

Strap Footing

Whereas combined footing are simply columns, strap footing takes it a step further. Strap footing columns are columns which are connected with a beam of concrete, or a “strap.” This strap helps distribute weight between columns, which relieves the weight pressed on each individual structure.

 

Mat Footing

Mat footing (also known as raft footing) is foundation that is fortified by steel beams. This is different than combined footing, as it is a wide foundation compared to a column. The beams are laid into place, then has concrete poured inside. This gives the foundation extra strength and helps hold the weight.

 

Deep Foundation

For bigger buildings such as office complexes, multiple story apartments, skyscrapers, and more, you have to dig deeper. This is where deep foundation comes in. Compared to something as superficial as shallow foundations, deep foundations bore deep into the Earth, laying thick bases for maximum stability.

Similarly to shallow foundation, deep foundation accomplishes its goals in a number of ways. Deep foundation is also used when the soil in a construction project is bad. This requires placing the brunt of the weight onto strong rock bases located far below the soil. Therefore, the load is no longer placed on the bad soil, but on the rocks far below.

 

 

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Pile Foundation

Pile foundation is when a grouping of pylons or beams are placed together as one of the support echelons. The beam is usually made out of concrete or metal, though some beams are made out of wood. On top of this beam is a cap. This cap provides a firm setting on which the superstructure will rest on. This effectively forms the “pile,” though it resembles more of a column when finally deployed.

The benefit to this method is the wide distribution. Instead of one beam taking the brunt of a tremendous amount of weight, the weight is spread out. This requires each load to bear less. Additionally, it can be much easier to create one large column out of smaller elements instead of trying to handle one single massive column.

 

Helical Piles

Helical piles operate much the way a common household screw would, but on a macro level. Many steel plates are attached to each other and then torqued into the Earth. The pile then “screws” itself into the soil, securing the foundation and preparing itself to receive the load.

Ram Jack Texas deals with two different types of pile foundations: While driven piles are simply driven into the ground with hydraulic drivers, helical piles operate in a vastly different way. Instead of relying on a centralized structure, a helical pile relies on the outward forces of the helix plates on the surrounding load-bearing strata.. The location of all the weight is not centralized; it is spaced out vastly.

 

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Foundation and Sinkhole Repair – Compaction Grouting – All Florida Ram Jack

Foundation & Sinkhole Repair and Compaction Grouting

Ram Jack offers several options for sinkhole repair and foundation remediation to residents in Tampa, Florida and the surrounding areas. Many types of soil can see improvement with Compaction Grouting. Compaction Grouting is used for soil stabilization and densification as well as void filling. This method is used to fill the voids in the ground around and under your dwelling, providing foundation reinforcement and can be used for sinkhole repair.

How Does Compaction Grouting Provide Soil Stabilization?

The main purpose of compaction grouting is to increase the load the soil can bear by adding material to the lower soil layers. To do this, we utilize a limited access drill (which can fit through a 36” door opening) to drill to the adequate depth. Next, a thick cement/grout mixture is pumped into the ground under high pressure using a Schwing 500 grout pump and steel casing. We are capable of achieving 800 psi maximum and pump to a depth of 200 vertical feet. The soils are compacted as the cement/grout mixture penetrates the soil. The thick cement mixture is formulated to remain tight within the soil and fill any voids. The grout seals off the top of the limestone layer first. As the casings are removed section by section, the compaction grout increases soil density layer by layer. Finally, the casings are removed from the ground, loaded back onto the trailer and removed from the repaired property.

  • Our Tampa sinkhole repair company uses a custom-made Boxer drill rig with rubber tracks that can fit through a 36” door opening.
  • We use Schwing 500 grout pumps for compaction grouting.
  • Our crews put down plywood to protect the customer’s grass while the drill rig is moved around.
  • Our consistent attention to detail is why customers choose Ram Jack.

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Commercial Seawall Repair -Saint Petersburg – Florida

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Ram Jack Seawall Repair

Ram Jack Seawall offers a patent-pending repair method for concrete, steel, wood and vinyl seawalls. The system can often return crooked or leaning seawalls to their post-installation position. Ram Jack’s seawall repair methods can permanently stabilize seawalls, virtually eliminating the need for future repairs.

Timber Pile Support System

Erosion is prevalent on sandy soils and beaches, causing homes built on timber pilings to move and sink over time. Ram Jack installs both helical piers and piling brackets in order to keep the piling in place. We use standoff brackets to hold helicals in place throughout the lifting process. Ram Jack’s brackets keep the timber pilings straight, without any tilting.

Bulkhead Tie-back Support System

Ram Jack installs helical piers and seawall brackets to repair bowing concrete and vinyl seawalls. The brackets can also be installed during seawall construction to prevent bowing from the start. The helicals are driven deep into the soil to hold the pressure from the wall and straighten it. Ram Jack includes a five-year warranty on the seawall brackets. These seawall brackets are a unique patent-pending design by our Tampa foundation repair company.

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All Florida Ram Jack’s crew started another commercial seawall repair

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All Florida Ram Jack   Seawall & Bulkhead Repair ,Soil Stabilization, Seawall and Bulkhead Repair

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Our Tampa, Florida soil stabilization company understands the special foundation needs of our customers living along the coast. For those living on or near beaches, seawalls are an important part of foundation safety.

Seawalls are built parallel to the coastline to provide safety on muddy or sandy beach areas, in addition to protecting coastal land sections from erosion. For coastal foundation support, our foundation reinforcement company offers coastal timber support as well as bulkhead seawall tieback.

Ram Jack Seawall Repair

Ram Jack Seawall offers a patent-pending repair method for concrete, steel, wood and vinyl seawalls. The system can often return crooked or leaning seawalls to their post-installation position. Ram Jack’s seawall repair methods can permanently stabilize seawalls, virtually eliminating the need for future repairs.

Timber Pile Support System

Erosion is prevalent on sandy soils and beaches, causing homes built on timber pilings to move and sink over time. Ram Jack installs both helical piers and piling brackets in order to keep the piling in place. We use standoff brackets to hold helicals in place throughout the lifting process. Ram Jack’s brackets keep the timber pilings straight, without any tilting.

Bulkhead Tie-back Support System

Ram Jack installs helical piers and seawall brackets to repair bowing concrete and vinyl seawalls. The brackets can also be installed during seawall construction to prevent bowing from the start. The helicals are driven deep into the soil to hold the pressure from the wall and straighten it. Ram Jack includes a five-year warranty on the seawall brackets. These seawall brackets are a unique patent-pending design by our Tampa foundation repair company.

 

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Continuing Education

Continuing Education (And a Free Lunch)

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Helical piles have many applications in both new construction and remediation of foundations. Common misconceptions may cause an engineer to shy away from using helical piles. Ram Jack offers free Lunch and Learn opportunities for engineers to get a continuing education certificate. Topics include:

  • Mechanics of helical piles
  • Capabilities of helical piles
  • Applications for steel piles
  • Causes of foundation failure
  • Methods of preventing foundation failure

Lunch and Learn presentations can be scheduled at your convenience, at any U.S. location. Contact us at henry@allfloridaamjack.com to arrange a Lunch and Learn for your team.

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Our Foundation Repair Method for Homes with a Crawl Space

Crawl Space Repair

 

Pier and beam homes, generally referred to as crawl space homes, present an interesting twist on foundation failure. While many homes will still experience perimeter settlement of the foundation, the interior of the home is often where we see the most movement. This is largely due to initial construction and soil conditions, and it can lead to the need for crawl space repair.

Typical crawl space repair involves inferior methods, including inserting wooden or steel shims between the concrete blocks and the wooden structure. While shimming may initially seem effective, it has to be adjusted every few years.

 

Signs of Foundation Issues with Crawl Spaces

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Pier and beam homes with settling will experience sagging. This means floors will sag or slope. Windows and doors may be difficult to open and close—causing a hazard as well as being frustrating. Non-load bearing walls may begin to pull away from the structure along the top edge of the wall. All of these interior symptoms may point to an even larger issue under your home.

 

Left unrepaired, a sagging home due to foundation issues with homes with crawl spaces will only get worse over time. Shifting beams, floor joists, wall joists, and walls themselves may cause plumbing to move within walls or under your home, causing further damage.

 

Our Foundation Repair Method for Homes with a Crawl Space

 

All Florida Ram Jack  offers a permanent solution to use in place of the shim method. By installing helical piles in place of your existing concrete block footings, the interior of the home will rest on a load-bearing stratum that is resistant to seasonal changes, allowing for a consistent base for your home through seasonal cycles.

 

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History of Helical Piers

The use of helical piles in construction dates back nearly 200 years. In the 1830’s, the earliest versions of today’s helical piles were used in England for moorings and for the foundations of lighthouse structures. Today, helical piles are gaining worldwide acceptance throughout the construction industry and engineering community due to the versatility of both the product and the installation equipment. In 2007, the International Code Council Evaluation Service, Inc. (ICC-ES) approved AC358, Acceptance Criteria for Helical Foundation Systems and Devices. Helical piles are also now included in the 2009 International Building Code.

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RamJack-New Floor Slab Bracket

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Ram Jack introduces a new standard and heavy duty floor slab bracket used for interior work to hydraulically raise heavy interior floor slabs on Ram Jack’s 2 7/8” diameter piles. The heavy duty slab bracket can be installed through a 10″ cored hole through the slab, eliminating the need for excessive concrete demolition and debris removal.  Patent Pending.

 

ONSITE CONTINUING EDUCATION

Ram Jack offers free Lunch and Learn opportunities for engineers to get a continuing education certificate. Lunch and Learn presentations can be scheduled at your convenience, at any U.S. location.

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