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Seawall Repair Network Partners with Ram Jack

Body - Seawall Repair Network Partners with Ram JackSeawall Repair Network is proud to partner with Ram Jack’s chain of infrastructure and seawall repair contractors. With more than 50 locations across the United States, Ram Jack adds a significant geographic footprint to the network. Ram Jack has been in business for over 50 years and offers time-tested expertise to property owners/managers and engineers alike.

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Our mission is to be recognized for lasting solutions and exceeding customer expectations – nothing more, nothing less. Providing quality first, safety always, complete integrity and delivery that is on time is a part of our core values. Read more…

Ram Jack on Engineer Resources

Engineers around the world have found Ram Jack’s methods and engineering offer versatility and reliability. Ram Jack has a staff of engineers who are dedicated to answering questions and providing assistance. Read more…

Ram Jack Joins a Nationwide Network

Seawall Repair Network is the only national, all-inclusive seawall repair and preservation network of highly trained and qualified Preferred Marine Contractors. Preferred Marine Contractors are carefully selected for their experience, integrity, reputation, and customer service record. Each contractor has been thoroughly trained in Seawall Repair Network product and solution application methods.

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Repairing a Wooden Seawall in Florida

Body - Repairing a Wooden Seawall in Florida (wood seawall repair, how to repair a wood seawall)Residents next to Lake Padgett in Land o’ Lakes, Florida contacted Seawall Repair Network contractor Helicon regarding 650 feet of leaking wooden seawall. Depressions were appearing in the land behind the wall, holes were appearing in the wall, and soil was leaking through the wall into the lake. Initially, the residents just had the soil voids and depressions filled with more dirt. This solution didn’t last long, however, as the new soil eventually leaked through the wall and the depressions reappeared. If left untreated, this problem would have continued to erode the lakeside property and would have eventually become a threat to houses and structures near the water.

Repair Materials

The crew applied the Seawall Repair Network’s proprietary SW-RP1 repair material to stabilize the surrounding soil, fill the holes and voids, and stop the leaks.

Procedures

Helicon used Seawall Repair Network’s custom repair process and installation techniques to completely stabilize the wooden seawall and preserve its components. A barrier was installed to prevent the environmentally-friendly foam from floating out into the lake and all excess material was removed.

Results

The entire 650-foot stretch of failing seawall was stabilized and sealed for the long term with high-strength SW-RP1 seawall repair material.

Video from the Job Site

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SW-RP1 – Rock Solid Seawall Repair Material

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In the blog post What is SW-RP1? Why Do You Need It for Seawall & Bulkhead Repair?, we posted the following info about SW-RP1…

The hallmark of the Seawall Repair Network is our proprietary SW-RP1 repair permeation solution. Simply put – it is the best product on the market for seawall soil stabilization.

  • SW-RP1 is essential for sealing your seawall’s panel cracks, filling voids and defects behind your seawall, and perhaps most importantly, proving soil stabilization for your seawall.
  • SW-RP1 transforms the surrounding soil of your seawall into a water-tight impermeable mass, which blocks the transference of energy and lateral stress caused by the typical build-up of hydrostatic pressure behind the seawall.
  • SW-RP1 is environmentally safe and is certified to NSF (61-5) standards for contact with drinking water.

Repairing a Seawall with High-Strength Material

One detail that cannot be emphasized enough, however, is the strength of the material. Once SW-RP1 cures, it is stronger than crystalline bedrock. Watch the brief video below for demonstrations of the injection process and the strength of SW-RP1 in cured form.

See SW-RP1 Bulkhead Sealer in Action

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The Disadvantages of Filling Seawall Voids with Cement (or How to Repair a Seawall)

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Before the advent of advanced seawall repair materials such as SW-RP1, contractors often attempted to fill voids behind seawalls with cement (which cures into concrete). Unfortunately, there are still inexperienced contractors out there who are using this outdated method.

The Disadvantages of Filling Seawall Voids with Cement

Concrete Puts Unnecessary Pressure on the Seawall and Surrounding Soil: Concrete weighs a lot. Filling a void behind a seawall with cement creates additional lateral load pressure on the seawall. The heavy concrete also further destabilizes the soil over time.

Concrete Displaces Supporting Soil and Breaks Apart Over Time: Unlike our SW-RP1 seawall repair material, cement does not permeate and stabilize loose soil surrounding a void. Instead, cement just displaces the surrounding soil. This leaves open the possibility of further erosion and void formations below and around the cured concrete. Once the surrounding soil begins to give way, the concrete will often break into pieces over time (see the featured photo in this blog post for an example).

Concrete in the Soil Impedes Advanced Seawall Repair Methods: Since void-fill with cement is not a lasting solution for seawall-supporting soil, proper repair with advanced materials such as SW-RP1 will eventually be required. Unfortunately, concrete in the soil surrounding the wall just makes this process slower and more expensive. Concrete in the soil obstructs advanced seawall stabilization methods such as installing repair material via injection rods and installing an anchoring system. In a case like this, additional time and resources would be required to excavate and dump the old void-fill concrete, then replace it with fresh fill soil before beginning the repair process.

So consider yourself warned if a contractor proposes filling the voids behind your seawall with cement. What once (long ago) may have seemed like a common-sense solution has been repeatedly proven to make the situation worse over time.

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CE/PDH Accredited Presentation on Seawall Repair

Presentation on Seawall Repair, Bulkhead Wall, Marine BulkheadAdvanced Repair Methods for Seawalls and Marine Bulkheads

The Seawall Stabilization and Preservation Through Permeation presentation explains and demonstrates how SW-RP1 injection resin and surface applied preservation solutions can work together to stabilize and preserve seawalls (and other waterfront barrier systems). The presentation covers the following topics:

  • The Causes of Seawall Failure
  • Stabilizing a Seawall
  • Preserving a Seawall
  • Stabilization & Preservation Through Permeation

One-Hour Presentation on Seawall Repair

This one-hour CE/PDH accredited presentation is ideal for engineers who are interested in learning about next-generation seawall repair methods. SW-RP1 seawall repair material is used to repair leaks, stabilize the surrounding soil, and prevent future erosion. Seawall preservation materials are then used to stop rebar corrosion, strengthen the concrete and protect the surface.

Schedule an Accredited Presentation on Repairing Seawalls and Bulkhead Walls

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Seawall & Bulkhead Concrete Preservation

Body - Seawall PreservationThe Advantages of Seawall & Bulkhead Preservation

Concrete is chemically formed through a process known as hydration/curing. Concrete deteriorates chemically under the influence of soil, water, and air-born contaminants, weathering action, and corrosion of the embedded steel reinforcement. Seawall Repair Network offers a complete solution to prevent, restore, and protect steel reinforced concrete by modifying its chemical and physical properties. By restoring the properties of your seawall’s existing concrete (as opposed to replacing it) Seawall Repair Network’s preservation system provides cost and time savings, while limiting disturbance to surrounding structures and property. These materials are environmentally safe and are intended for use in marine environments.

SW-Prevent: Bulkhead Corrosion Inhibitor

SW-Prevent penetrates concrete and inhibits corrosion of steel inside the wall. This material penetrates as vapor to deposit on steel components such as rebar or mesh inside. Corrosion is prevented by creating an insulating layer on the surface of the steel.

SW-Power: Bulkhead Strength Builder

SW-Power is a penetrating material primarily designed to reduce concrete porosity, increase strength and render concrete surfaces resistant to air or water-born chemical damage. SW-Power provides additional protection by supporting ideal pH levels in the concrete to prevent rebar corrosion.

SW-Protect: Bulkhead Surface Protector

SW-Protect inhibits water penetration in concrete. Surfaces treated with SW-Protect will repel water, dirt, and grime – helping keep your concrete clean and free of mold, stains and discoloration. SW-Protect is not susceptible to UV degradation, providing a durable long-term protection to all porous surfaces.

All three of these Seawall Repair Network products feature technology from Surtreat.

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Seawall Repair Network’s Patent-Pending Process

Body - Seawall Repair Process Seawall Stabilization What Causes Seawall Failure

Mother Nature’s oceans, lakes, and rivers can be so beautiful and calm. But over time, her natural forces will cause damage and eventual failure of your seawall. Seawalls are complicated structures made up of a variety of essential components. If one component fails, the entire seawall is at risk. In traditionally constructed seawalls, weep holes with a geotextile fabric filter allow water to flow from the landward side back into the ocean to prevent pressure build-up.

What Causes Seawall Failure?

What causes your seawall to fail? Over time, as the filter fabric fails, soil migration creates voids behind the wall, which causes structural instability. As the voids behind the wall fill up with water, hydrostatic pressure behind the seawall causes the wall panels to shift over time. The shifting panels damage the seawall cap, which holds the entire structure together. When this happens, failure of the seawall is imminent. If ignored, these problems only get worse.

Seawall Stabilization Repair Process

Water is RELENTLESS. But YOU can be too! Professionally trained contractors, armed with Seawall Repair Network’s patent-pending repair process, are ready to guide you to victory in this battle!

Watch the video below for a complete explanation of Seawall Repair Networks seawall stabilization process.

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Seawall Repair in Long Beach, New York

Body-seawall repair new york seawall repair in the northeast bulkhead repair northeastHurricane Sandy was devastating for much of the Northeast United States.  Many waterfront property owners are still recovering, and their seawalls, bulkheads, and revetments are still in need of repair and remediation.  The need for innovation and effective solutions has never been greater.

Seawall Repair Network contractor LJS Waterproofing answered the call recently and deployed to Long Beach, New York to save a waterfront property from further damage.  The Long Beach property was in danger due to an aging seawall that had begun to move, shift, and become damaged.

The crew applied the Seawall Repair Network’s patent-pending process, materials, and installation techniques to completely stabilize the seawall, and to preserve its concrete and steel components.  Upon completion of the Long Beach, New York project the customer stated, “This turned out so much better than expected.  I will certainly refer you to my neighbors and friends.”

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Seawall Repair in Seattle, WA

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A homeowner in Seattle, Washington hired Seawall Repair Network member contractor Ram Jack West to make repairs on their deteriorating bulkhead. Loss of soil caused voids behind the wall, which undermined the stability of the structure resulting in bowing at the midspan and cracks in the concrete. The seawall was only about 30 years old, with plenty of lifespan left if repaired properly.

Repair Materials

The Ram Jack West crew used helical tiebacks, SW-RP1 stabilization/water cut-off material, and pressure release technology to restore the seawall.

Procedures

First, the crew installed the helical tiebacks, which were required due to a failure of the original Deadman Anchor. Next, they injected SW-RP1 stabilization/water cut-off material behind the structure for permanent support. Then, they installed pressure release technology to regulate any hydrostatic pressure caused by future water build-up behind the wall. (In addition, this contractor installed carbon fiber reinforcement on the outside of the wall.)

Results

The result was a permanently stabilized seawall and preservation of the property behind it. The homeowner benefited from a solid solution at about 80% less than the cost of replacement. The patent-pending SRN repair process implemented by Ram Jack West restored the seawall without any damage to the customer’s adjacent property.

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Protecting Drinking Water from Potential Flood Contamination

Body - Protecting Drinking Water from Potential Flood Contamination Protect Drinking WaterPlanners at Washington D.C.’s water utility, D.C. Water, decided to take proactive measures against potential flooding of their facility. Located right next to the Potomac, their facility could’ve been at risk in the event of an out-of-the-ordinary natural disaster. Determining that the main risk to the water supply in such a case would be permeation through sub-surface soil, they began installing a metal sheet pile wall deep into the substrate between the riverbank and the facility. However, in some spots, they were not able to drive a sheet pile panel into the ground because of underground utility lines or rocky substrate. The planners called in Seawall Repair Network contractor LJS Waterproofing to create sub-surface grout walls in those spots to fill in the gaps.

Repair Materials

The crew “constructed” these sections of the underground wall by injecting SW-RP1. This repair material permeates the soil, fills small voids in the soil, and cuts off water flow.

Procedures

LJS Waterproofing professionals used a Geoprobe to drive injection pipes into the ground (up to 33 feet in some locations). They then injected one gallon per foot using upward staging. The next injection point was 18 inches away from the first one. This process was repeated until a grout wall formed, filling the gap between the two adjacent underground sheet piles. For a large-scale job like this, they used a PolyShark single component grout pump manufactured by Alchemy-Spetec.

Results

With solid, impermeable grout walls filling in the gaps, a sub-surface barrier between the riverbank and the drinking water facility was now in place. The planners at D.C. Water were very satisfied with this solution.