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The state of the soil in many southeastern states is relatively poor compared to other parts of the country. Most of the topsoil in Florida and Georgia, for instance, was generated in the slow breakdown of the Appalachian mountains, meaning that it has difficulty retaining form and is very porous. This is good news for farmers, but bad news for homeowners, as a soft and collapsible soil base can lead to major problems (and major price tags) with regard to foundation repair piers. The concrete foundation base beneath your house is subject to normal wear and tear from pressure and soil acidity, but when the foundation itself begins to shift or break down, it can create a litany of headaches that require immediate attention.
Georgia soil is known as Tifton, meaning that the top foot or so of earth is loamy sand. The attractive capability of sand is quite low, making it hazardous to construct buildings on top of a sandy base without adding moisture or chemical additives to the area. Older houses, usually built prior to the Second World War, rarely used these additives to improve the quality of the ground, making them more precarious and more inclined to foundation damage. Check your property with a simple ruler: if you can wedge it more than six or so inches in the ground, the soil is more sand than loam and could potentially cause foundation shifts. Irrigation may make foundation repair piers unnecessary, however, it is not a substitute for an actual professional treatment.
Florida, likewise, has topsoil that is almost entirely sand, with a minimal amount of peat and limestone (neither of which are very amenable towards rigidity and structure). The consistent heat tends to vaporize water out of the ground quickly, and in the dry season can lead to ossification of an entire area. Keeping the area beneath a house moist and cool is crucial to avoid the damage that makes foundation repair piers crucial. A geochemical engineer can take a sample of the dirt on your property and give an estimate about how strong it may be, and whether future repairs may be predicted and solved before they grow worse.
If you have found that your house may have foundation damage — cracked walls, doors that will not close, and raised floor surfaces are tell-tale signs — repairing the problem requires urgency. A contractor can use a set of push piers in order to permanently keep your foundation level and strong, but the longer you wait, the more a concrete base may strain under an imbalanced load. A full foundation replacement may not be necessary if a proper grid of foundation repair piers are put in place. This grid circles the frame of your house, lifting up the entire base and supporting it with steel girders to prevent harm.
Florida and Georgia homes tend to be susceptible to foundation damage, however, a contractor can provide foundation repair piers at any time of the year, with minimal intrusion to any home. Foundation underpinning places the steel piers as deep as thirty feet below the concrete base. A torque motor will be used to drive the piers down into the ground, while clamps gird on to the base and temporarily take the strain of supporting a house off the concrete. While other options can brace a foundation, only these types of steel pier beams reach deep enough for permanent support. These piers have a lifelong guarantee (even in sandy soils of Florida and Georgia), meaning that one repair session offers a permanent solution to a considerable problem. This process will automatically restore the value and integrity of your property.
Ram Jack has spent over 40 years developing and refining their Foundation repair system to ensure the best quality in the industry. The patented Ram Jack Steel piers are engineered to last a lifetime. Exact specifications and strict guidelines ensure that the Ram Jack products have virtually no failure when installed by our trained and experienced technicians.
Ram Jack’s piers have the highest driving pressure…to locate stable bedrock, the thickest pier material to resist buckling and bowing, and the maximum pier load capacity to ensure structure stability for a lifetime….guaranteed.
Ram Jack technicians install our foundation repair system with no heavy equipment and very little excavation, so your lawn and landscaping is not disturbed.
Each Steel pier is driven deep into the soil until a solid layer of bedrock is found. The depth of each pier may vary according to soil conditions. Once all piers are securely set, the foundation is slowly lifted for maximum practical recovery. This will permanently halt any further settlement and deterioration due to a failing foundation.
Our unique piling solutions provide the strength and stability that can only be found in the best American steel. The result is a lasting foundation, and the peace of mind of knowing you’re on solid ground for the life of your home.
The Ram Jack® driving head delivers rapid power to long sections of piling for faster installation and a stronger pile.
The Ram Jack system incorporates dual rams that drive deeper into permanent strata.
Variable-length guide sleeves, which are preferred by engineers, are designed to stiffen the piling in less-compacted surface layers.
With 19 patents for advanced designs over the last 25 years, Ram Jack gets foundation repair. We also get the fact that no one wants to fix the same problem twice. That’s why we get the job done right the first time – every time. Call us today.