As many veteran home owners know, with a house comes a few things that don’t stick out until it’s too late. Your foundation is a hidden factor that many people never have to deal with. But once you do, it’s a daunting task that may have your mind spinning.
With time, you will find your foundation will settle or even sink, causing cracks in your walls or ceiling and doors that stick. At first, these seem small issues, but given enough time this shifting of your foundation has long lasting and expensive consequences. One of the most commonly used repair systems for foundations is the Steel Pier System.
What is the Steel Pier System?
Also known as push piers, this method uses steel piers to stabilize your foundation by driving them deep into the ground until they reach bedrock or a more stable layer of the soil. The foundation repair team will use foundation brackets to mount the piering system to, attaching the steel piers, and the weight will be transferred to the deeply embedded beams. This takes the stress off of your foundation and elevates your home back to where it should be.
There are two types of steel piers: straight or helical. The straight steel piers are your well rounded solutions to most situations, where Helical Steel Piers are for those that find their home on shallow bedrock. Helical Piers are effectively giant screws that are driven into the ground by hydraulic torque motors, screwing them deep into the earth.