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Arizona Foundation Solutions Case Studies: McCarley Residence Stabilizing Foundation with Helical Piers

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 by Victor Rivera

Challenge

At time of purchasing a new home the new owner discovered minor cracks on his porch columns. After 2 years in the property the columns settled bringing the porch slab with it. This caused separations from the walls and roofing damage. In order to keep the costs under budget, a design was needed to raise and support the porch areas.

The walls and columns combined created gaps and pooling. A process called slab jacking was also necessary to obtain lift and downward direction of water away from the foundation.

Concrete in the back porch needed to be removed to obtain a 3 x 3 x 3 dig to install the back porch pier. Replacement of concrete and dirt fill was also necessary.

 

 

Solution

During installation, it became noticeable that obtaining to much of a lift in the back porch column could damage and create more fractures in the stucco. Slower increments when rising was adjusted at an easier pace to retain further damages. 

The design and construction took place in a few weeks after proposal and allowed the customer to work on his next home project—roofing. This allows the customer the ability to fix the movement before installing another spending event that required no further foundation movement.

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