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American Waterworks Case Studies: Pole Shed with Bowed Concrete Foundation in Houston, MN

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 by Jennifer Norton


A farmer, in Houston, MN, noticed cracks in the poured foundation of his pole shed. Further inspection showed inward tilt of the top foundation wall and a visible void between the foundation and the sillplateof the shed likely caused by soil expansion from  excessive moisture.  That expansion resulted in constant inward force on their foundation wall until it could no longer support the pressure, causing the failure ofthefoundationwall.


American Waterworks solved the problem by excavating the foundation and installing GeoLockearth anchors that were embedded in stable soil away from the foundation wall.  Then using GeoLock Wall Anchor System immediately straightenedthe foundation and permanently stabilizedthe foundationfrom any further movement.  

Fourteen anchors were installed along the 100 feet wall to prevent any further foundation movement and cracking. Our crew then applied a SentrySeal Waterproofing Membrane to the exterior portion of this wall to prevent any water from penetrating through the stress cracks during a wet season.  


Project Summary

Installing Contractor: American Waterworks

Project Manager: Dustin Loftus

Products Installed: GeoLock Wall Anchors & SentrySeal

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