This 1970’s one-story ranch home in Western Hills, had vertical and diagonal cracks along the front foundation wall, which had also begun to lean inward up to 1-3/4 inches. Mike Montgomery of Buyers Protection Group (the engineer hired by the homeowner) attributed this to the unbalanced pressure caused by uneven soil grading and a lack of foundation anchorage. The engineer recommended counterforts along the home’s front wall.

Counterforts provide additional strength and stability to a wall by reducing bending moments and shear forces. They help distribute the load more evenly across the wall, preventing cracking, bowing, or other forms of failure. Counterforts are a great solution for enhancing the structural integrity of walls subjected to significant lateral loads. This makes them a common choice in both residential and commercial construction projects.

Our Process:

  • Design: A licensed structural engineer calculates the spacing, size, and reinforcement of the counterforts based on the wall’s height, soil type, and load requirements.
  • Excavation: Our team will excavate the area behind the wall to allow for counterfort construction.
  • Drainage: During excavation, we will ensure drainage is updated and integrated into the design to protect the foundation and repair.
  • Formwork and Reinforcement: Our team will set up formwork for the counterforts and place steel reinforcement according to the design specifications.
  • Concrete Pouring: Our workers pour concrete into the forms to create the counterforts.
  • Curing: After pouring, the concrete cures to reach the required strength.
  • Waterproofing-Anytime we expose your wall we add waterproofing materials. This is the best way to keep water out and your foundation protected.

Benefits of Counterforts

  • Increased Stability: Counterforts significantly increase the stability and load-bearing capacity of a wall.
  • Crack Prevention: By distributing loads more effectively, they help prevent cracks and other structural issues.
  • Longevity: Properly constructed counterforts can extend the lifespan of retaining and foundation walls.

At this home, we also repaired cracks with epoxy as well as routed the drainage away from the foundation and down the hill. This 50-year-old home has renewed structural integrity and protection backed by our lifetime warranty. If you have structural concerns and are not sure what your next steps are, feel free to reach out to us via our contact form.