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CarbonArmor and Push Piers Installation Project: Wall Support and Foundation Stabilization Location: Nashville, TN

Challenge:

After noticing drywall cracks around the interior of his home, Lane of Nashville, TN, called TFS. We sent our specialist Lakon out for a complimentary inspection.

 

While completing his inspection, Lakon noticed that one of the walls in the crawl space of the home was bowing inward. When learning of this, the homeowner wanted a solution that would:

 

1. Stabilize his home’s foundation and
2. Provide support for the wall in his crawl space to prevent it from bowing any farther.

Solution:

 

Upon assessment, the specialist recommended our CarbonArmor system from Supportworks to provide support to the bowing wall; and the use of our galvanized steel Push Piers to stabilize the foundation of the home.

 

CarbonArmor consists of fiber-reinforced polymers and is ten times stronger than steel yet flexible enough to tightly contour to walls and provide added support. Our Push Piers are the best solution in our industry to permanently stabilize the foundation of a home. This specific solution requires two (2) Carbon Armor straps placed on the inside of the bowing wall and three (3) Push Piers inside the crawl space.

 

Our production crew arrives on the scene and benchmarks the locations of the CarbonArmor and Push Piers. Once identified, the prep work begins. The area where CarbonArmor is installed is ground down, and all cracks have to be filled with epoxy paste to ensure they are as smooth as possible.

 

The crew digs to the footer of the home and preps it for pier brackets by grinding down a flat surface in the locations where each pier is installed. Once the wall and footer are prepped, it is time to mix the epoxy resin and cut the CarbonArmor material to the right size. The resin is then generously coated on both the wall and CarbonArmor strips and each strip is installed. Another layer of epoxy resin is rolled over the straps after they are installed.

 

The crew adds another strip of CarbonArmor horizontally across the other two straps to provide further support for the wall. After the CarbonArmor is installed, it is time to move onto the Piers.

 

Brackets are placed below the footer where it has been ground down, and the starter tube is placed through it. A hydraulic press is then placed on top of the bracket and used to push the first piece of pipe into the ground. The crew continues to push the pipe until bedrock or load-bearing strata is found. This takes about two 3.5-foot sections on each bracket.

 

After each Pier reaches bedrock, the crew cuts off the excess pipe and caps each one. The home is stabilized, and the crew cleans up by backfilling the hole they had dug and replacing the vapor barrier which was covering the entirety of the crawl space. The homeowner is very pleased with our wall support and foundation stabilization work and thanked us for the peace of mind that we have provided him!

Project Summary Specialist: Lakon Tucker Team Leader: Kaiden Hall Materials Used: Push Piers (3), CarbonArmor (2)