Foundation Solutions: Piering
It’s been said before; a solid foundation is needed to build a stable building. However, what can you do when the solid foundation begins to fail and the building you love is already there?
In the past, materials such as wood, metal, and more concrete were common to repair foundations. While each of these worked, they all had their problems. Wood is organic and will rot over time, the wrong metals will rust and become weak, and more concrete requires large equipment creating a bigger mess and more weight on the already compressing soil.
So, what do we have now that is different? Piering!
Push Piers and Helical Piers can be used on homes, porches, and other structures to prevent future settling, and in many cases, reverse the damage already done.
Push Piers are an excellent choice for larger structures. They can be installed interiorly and exteriorly. They are steel rods that are hydraulically drilled into the ground at a higher pressure than they will ever experience while holding your home. The Push Pier will rest on bedrock or another stable soil layer taking the pressure of the home away from the moving soil. A heavy-duty steel bracket is installed on the footing of the homes foundation to anchor the home to the Push Pier.
Helical Piers are a solution for smaller structures. These piers act similarly to screws, consisting of a round shaft with blades. The round shaft is less likely to bend under pressure. They are better for smaller structures that may not have the weight needed for Push Pier installation.
Push Piers and Helical Piers are great solutions for long-term foundation repair. They have a comparatively quick install with minimum disturbance to the yard. You can landscape over the area of install as soon as the project is finished.
Repairing a foundation quickly is the key to success. Once you notice cracks in walls and floors, sticking doors and windows, or water leaks it is time to act!
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