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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.

Construction workers with blueprints at construction site
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.




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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What does RamJack do

1. What does RamJack do?

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RamJack dealers (throughout the US and in Canada, Costa Rica, and Panama) install steel piles to support foundations. This can be done for new constructions or as underpinning for existing structures. Often, RamJack dealers offer other services as well as foundation stabilization.

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2. How long have you been in business?

RamJack has been in business for over 30 years, and has been at the forefront of steel pilings for foundations since the beginning. Our first patent was issued in 1987. About 20 other patents have been or are currently owned by RamJack, which has also spent 30 years developing and refining Foundation repair solutions to ensure the best quality in the industry.

3. Can I buy RamJack products?

RamJack products can only be purchased and installed by our trained dealers.

4. How do I know I have a foundation problem?

You can review the signs and symptoms of foundation failure information, but the only way to know for sure is have one of our trained specialists evaluate your home’s foundation.

If you don’t have a foundation problem, they will tell you. If you do, they will recommend a proper solution to your foundation problem.

5. How can I tell if I have foundation problems?

Evidence of foundation failure is seen in a variety of ways. Stair step cracks in your brick are the most common and obvious symptom of foundation failure.

You may also see your chimney pulling away or you may even find cracks in the foundation itself. Inside your home, you may see cracks in your drywall, broken window panes, uneven floors, or doors that won’t open or shut properly.

All of these signs indicate that your home’s foundation has moved and your home is out of alignment. The value of your largest investment may now be in jeopardy.

6. What happens if I call RamJack?

A professional RamJack representative will examine your home’s damage, measure variances in the foundation, and determine the best solution for your specific situation.

7. What kind of solutions does RamJack offer?

For many situations, a RamJack steel driven pile system will be installed.

The key to this system is the powerful dual hydraulic cylinders which drive the pilings with up to 70,000 pounds of driving force. In order to withstand the extreme pressures of RamJack’s hydraulic pile driving system, only heavy gauge, high strength carbon steel is used, along with a heavy wall independent guide sleeve.

This unique design rifles the piling into the soil without the bending or deflection usually associated with inferior systems.

Each steel pile is driven deep into the soil until a layer of bedrock or adequate load-bearing strata is encountered. The depth of each pile may vary according to the underlying geological formations.

Once all piles are securely set, the foundation is carefully lifted to an elevation of maximum practical recovery.

This will permanently halt any further deterioration due to settling of your foundation.

Sometimes a customized remedy is required for a permanent solution. RamJack’s patented helical piles are the best solution for certain soil types, and for interior applications. High torque from hydraulic gear reduction motors spin helix discs deep into the soil until dependable load bearing strata is reached.

RamJack has developed sophisticated software to assist engineers in designing the appropriate helix configuration based upon soil strength and applied loads.

Our engineering department is consulted every day by engineers all over North America to aid in designing foundation solutions.

Helix piles are also excellent for new construction, especially when bad soil conditions are known to exist on the building site. Concrete foundations can be poured the same day and each pile is independently tested during installation by monitoring the torsion resistance.

The RamJack new construction helix installations are especially useful in environmentally sensitive areas such as wetlands, tundra, or rain forests. In other situations, RamJack tie-backs with specialized brackets may be the appropriate solution for the problem.

Whatever the need, RamJack has a solution.

8. Why are RamJack solutions better than others?

RamJack offers the best piling system in the industry. All RamJack steel is ordered to our specifications directly from U.S. mills.

In order to maintain the highest quality product, RamJack utilizes state of the art manufacturing processes.

Computerized CNC units craft parts within a thousandth of an inch. Meanwhile, computerized plasma tables and robots cut and weld RamJack products to exact specifications.

RamJack products are coated with a highly durable thermal plastic coating which insures that all products will stand the test of time and are environmentally friendly. After the materials are clean and dry, the plastic powder is electro-statically applied.

Finally, the product is guided through a 40-foot high curing oven to permanently bond the coating to the product.

For over 30 years, the people of RamJack have dedicated themselves to providing a product and a service second to none. Through extensive research and development, RamJack has engineered permanent solutions for a variety of problems.

9. What will happen if I don’t do the repair?

It’s up to the homeowner to decide whether or not to do the repair. It’s our job to provide you with the most appropriate remedy for your situation. Over time, almost all foundation problems will get worse if they are not properly repaired.

10. How good is the RamJack Warranty?

Go to our warranty page here.

Ram Jack installed piles to support the Rowing Center Building, the deck, and dock


Scott MacKay with Ram Jack Tri States just finished a 172 pile job in Conshohocken, PA. Ram Jack installed piles to support the Rowing Center Building, the deck, and dock. All the concrete is supported by Ram Jack Helical Piles. In all there are 120 under the building, 32 under the deck, and another 20 under the concrete dock supports.

To the left is a screen shot of a four minute aerial fly over video of the project.

What a great way to use today’s technology with your case studies. If you have any interesting jobs you would like to send in to have a case study created please visit  ramjack.com/CaseStudyForm and let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing this job from Ram Jack Tri States as a printed case study.
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Services and Applications Include

  • Residential Foundation Repair
  • Wall Tie Backs
  • New Construction
  • Bridges
  • Boardwalks
  • Pedestrian Bridges
  • Tower/Guy Anchors
  • Sign Supports
  • Pipelines
  • Leaning Chimneys
  • Sidewalks
  • Sloping Floors
  • House Lifting
  • Utilties Pole
  • Mud Jacking
  • Seawalls
  • Retaining Walls
  • Helical Tiebacks
  • Solar Fields
  • Utility Solutions
  • Beach Front Properties
  • Bulkheads

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Industry Experience

Quality First

Our steel pilings were the first to receive an Evaluation Service Report (ESR-1854) from the International Code Council, allowing installation to occur within nearly every code structure and leading the industry in compliance. Click here to read our full ICC-ES Report From large commercial projects in the mid 80’s on multi-unit complexes, to later installations for boardwalks and pipelines. In 2012, Ram Jack completed solutions for the largest solar field in the world, and is currently finishing one of a similar size. With our design-build manufacturing facility we offer precise, custom engineered solutions for unique situations. We are also an ISO 9001 compliant facility, providing industry standard in quality control.

Seawall and Bulkhead Repair

Seawall & Bulkhead Repair

Soil Stabilization, Seawall and Bulkhead Repair

Our 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.