The distinctive appearance of a helical pier explains how it works to solve foundation settlement problems.
The helical plates attached to the shaft of a helical pier help to advance the pier deep into the soil during installation and anchor it solidly in place when competent load-bearing soil is reached.
A strong steel bracket is attached to the top of each pier to connect the pier to the foundation.
At Ohio Basement Authority, we use foundation helical piers for structures that are showing damage from settlement.
What Are Helical Piers?
Helical piers can stabilize settling foundations by connecting footings and walls to solid, load-bearing soils. The helical plates welded to the shaft of a helical pier are designed to pull the pier into the soil when the pier is installed.
By measuring turning resistance as a pier is driven, the contractor can determine when the pier has reached competent load-bearing soil. Piers are connected to the foundation with strong steel brackets.
Advantages To Our System
They have lived in their house for almost 30 years, and during the last several years homeowners in Columbus, OH, have been monitoring a structural problem that has only gotten worse. Several areas of the garage walls were showing signs of failure in the form of various cracks and gaps between the blocks. This latter issue indicates foundation settlement.
Concerned with the safety and stability of their garage, the homeowners were motivated to have it fixed once and for all. They contacted Ohio Basement Authority after learning more about our company online. Once they met with one of our inspectors who assessed the garage’s condition, the owners were eager for one of our crews to install the perfect solution.
We installed a total of 12 Helical Piers underneath the settling foundation walls. These heavy-duty, galvanized steel piers were mechanically driven down to competent soil and attached to foundation brackets on the home’s footing. These piers permanently stabilize the foundation walls, prevent any more settlement, and offer the best opportunity to lift the settling areas back to level.
The homeowners are happy to now have a repaired and reinforced garage.
The Helical Pier System permanently stabilizes settling, sinking structures. One of our foundation specialists can inspect your home and develop a free helical pier installation quote. We can customize a system that is ideal for your foundation and soil conditions.
To install helical piers, our contractors will take the following four steps:
For an outside installation, the soil around your foundation must be excavated to expose the footing at each pier location. For an inside installation, a section of your slab floor will need to be removed to expose the footing. The slab is restored after the installation.
A section of the footing will be cut away so that the steel bracket connected to the pier can support the wall directly. This approach will provide more effective support than lifting the section of the footing that extends beyond the walls.
Next, steel helical piers are turned down into the soil until competent strata are reached. Extension shafts are added as necessary to reach greater depths.
These steel foundation piers are the strongest components in our foundation repair arsenal and are responsible for transferring the weight of your structure to solid, load-bearing soil. Our foundation piers are available with a galvanized steel design. These piers are corrosion-resistant, for long-lasting durability.
Unlike push piers, helical piers are driven fully and completely before their brackets are attached.
This is mainly because helical piers don’t require the heavy weight of the structure to be driven into the soil. This makes them ideal for lighter structures, such as decks and concrete stairs.
Once all helical piers are installed, steel brackets are attached to connect each pier to the footing.
Once all piers and brackets have been installed, the settlement of your foundation will be permanently halted.
At this time, one of our team of in-house foundation contractors will determine whether or not it makes sense to lift your foundation back to its original position. This operation has the potential to close cracks in your foundation and return doors, locks, and windows to their original functionality.
At Ohio Basement Authority, we want to help you restore the value of your home through structural stability. To this end, we have a wide variety of repair solutions that can address foundation problems of any kind.
If you live in our Ohio service area, we’d like to provide you with a free, written helical pier installation quote. Each quote includes a free on-site inspection and a professional consultation. To schedule your appointment, call or e-mail us today!
Our service area includes Columbus, Springfield, Mansfield, and nearby areas such as Westerville, Newark, Lancaster, Zanesville, Chillicothe, Marion, Dublin.