Case Studies

Foundation Repair Case Studies: Massive crack in the foundation of this Wilmington home

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 by Brad Wazlavek

Challenge

There is no way to tell someone that there is a typical foundation problem. Every single foundation repair project is unique in some way. DryZone crew members are used to installing push piers and helical piers, but the spacing between the piers is never exactly the same. This home had a massive crack in the exterior, it is clearly visible from more than 15 feet away. The size and location of the crack is taken into consideration when designing a system to fix the problem.

Solution

There were five helical piers used on this project. On a less severe crack that amount of piers might have spanned 20-30 feet. In this case they only spanned about half that distance. It was determined that the ground under the home was so loose that it wouldn't hold the weight of the home under normal conditions. The dirt on this end of the home is almost just for show. The majority of the home's weight is now supported by the heavy steel piers.

Project Summary

Model 287: helical pier system

About the author
Brad has been with DryZone since early 2011. Currently he manages both of DryZone's websites in order to spread the DryZone message. Brad grew up in a military family so he moved around the country as a child. He settled in Delaware in 2006 and currently lives in Seaford.

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