Are Helical Piers the Solution to Your Foundation Repair Needs?
Fix Foundation Settlement with Helical Piers
Foundation settlement is a problem no homeowner wants to face. It occurs when the soil shifts in the ground and can no longer support the weight of your home, causing it to settle. Helical piers are one of many foundation repair products that can help fix and prevent your home from settling.
Warrantied Push Piers for Stabilizing Failing or Settling Foundations
What It Does:
Supportworks push piers are made of steel and include a set of helical blades on the lower section of the pier.
These piers are mechanically advanced into the soil using small construction equipment or hand equipment. As they are installed to appropriate depths and capacities, they prevent any future settlement issues. In many scenarios, these foundation piers will be able to lift your home back to level position by the completion of the installation.
- Year-Round Installation
- Warrantied for 25 Years
- Galvanized Steel Design Available
- Suitable for Both Heavy & Light Loads
- Does Not Rely on Weight of Structure for Depth & Capacity
- Round Shaft Has High Resistance to Bending
- Provides Opportunity to Attempt to Lift Foundation to Original Position
How foundation helical pier systems work
Foundations will experience settlement issues when the soils below the house prove unable to support the weight of the structure. Helical pier systems create a solid supporting base that transfers the weight of your home downwards to strong supporting soils.
(Left) A foundation helical pier design that meets ICC (International Code Criteria) standards, with a true helix shape.
(Right) A nonconforming blade, with more of a duckbill appearance. This makes it churn up and disturb the soil during installation.
How Helical Piers Work
First, soil is removed from the area where the helical pier will be installed. Helical pier sections are mechanically screwed, or advanced, into the soil.
Once proper depths and capacities are achieved, heavy duty steel foundation brackets are positioned below and against the foundation footing.
The weight of the home is then transferred through the helical piers to deep, competent soils. Lifting the home back towards its original position is attempted. Then, the soil around the foundation is carefully replaced.
Installing Helical Piers
The first section of the pier that is advanced into the ground has one or more helical blades (or bearing plates) welded to the shaft. Additional sections do not have bearing plates, and are instead used to extend the pier to the necessary installation depth.
Helical piers can be installed from either the exterior or interior of your home, providing an opportunity to lift your home back to its original position by the end of the installation time.
Helical piers can also be effective at closing cracks caused by settlement, as well as improving the operation of doors and windows.
When To Use Foundation Helical Piers
With knowledge of local soil conditions, helical piers can be an ideal solution because the installing contractor will know exactly how deep to install the piers to reach a stable soil layer that can support your home. If your goals are the following, helical piers are a good choice:
- You Need the Best Opportunity to Lift your Home Back to its Original Position.
- Lighter Structures, such as Decks or Stoops, are in Need of Stabilization.
- You'd Like Minimal Disturbance During Installation.
- You're Looking for a Fast, Effective Installation.
- Restoring your Property Value is a Priority.
Once your helical piers have been installed, you can count on your problem to be solved -- once and for all!
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