Settling Foundation Stabilized for 1960s Council Bluffs Home

The Challenge
Mr. H.’s house is a wood-framed, raised ranch built in the 1960s. The foundation was constructed out of 8-inch concrete block. After purchasing the home, he began to notice several signs that convinced him that the home foundation was in a state of movement. Many cracks in the drywall had begun to appear. The northwest corner of the house was experiencing differential settlement of approximately 2 inches. The dining room floor in the Northwest corner was slanting toward the perimeter. The adjoining west rear garage wall was also settling and cracks in the block were significant.

The Solution
Thrasher, Inc. permanently corrected the problem by installing 11 Push Piers. The piers were installed on the exterior and interior of the Northwest foundation walls as well as on the rear garage wall. The piers were driven to between 109 and 124 feet. The installation of the piers stabilized the foundation and the house was lifted close to its original position.

“I am very pleased with the work that Thrasher did with my home. I can now go forward with my remodeling plans upstairs and downstairs knowing that my foundation isn’t going anywhere. Ian, your Foreman, really knew what he was doing. Ian did a great job along with his crew. The guys worked hard and kept me informed along the way as to what part of the process was happening next.” -Mr. H.

 

A huge floor crack due to the settling foundation.

A huge floor crack due to the settling foundation.

Before: Drywall crack off the corner of a door in the house.

Before: Drywall crack off the corner of a door in the house.

After: Foundation crack closed after lifting the home with the push piers.

After: Foundation crack closed after lifting the home with the push piers.