How do I know if I need foundation piering?
When a house rests upon unstable soil, you may require some sort of foundation piering to fix the problem. Unstable soil can occur when there’s not enough moisture in the dirt causing the dirt to shrink and become loose. With a loose footing around the foundation, your walls can become unstable and develop cracks, shifts, and other signs of sinking. Another cause can be when soil around the home expands because of moisture. This puts pressure on the walls and can create problems such as cracking and leaks.
What signs can I look for if I need foundation piering?
There are several signs that could indicate that you are in need of foundation piering. It is important to keep an eye out for these indicators to ensure that the damages don’t get out of hand.
- Cracking of walls shows that your foundation may be shifting and requires attention.
- Do you see your walls bowing or leaning? Using a laser level, you can see if your walls are in line or moving. If they are moving, you may be a candidate for a foundation piering system.
- The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a great example of having foundation problems (before being corrected to stabilize the building). However, if you notice your chimney starting to lean, this may be a problem that you want to examine more in depth.
- Are your floors moving or sloping? You may need a professional to evaluate your home.
- If you can’t open or shut your windows or doors properly, helical foundation piering may be required.
- If your porch seems further than it used to be, it might be because the porch is getting pulled away from your home.
A clear indicator is when you see vertical movement of your home. With the right attention, you can catch foundation issues before they get out of control. If you are searching for a resolution for sinking problems, foundation piering can be a great option to pursue.
What are foundation piers and what are they used for?
Using a foundation pier is a great solution for fixing sinking foundations. When a house foundation is sinking or settling, there is a technique used to raise the foundation back to its original spot and secure it there by piering. A series of steel pipes are driven deep into the ground to resistance or bedrock. Once the pier is driven down to rock or a more suitable sub layer of soil, the pier is attached to the foundation with metal and tested to see if the load will be supported. The foundation is lifted back into place with jacks and everything is secured to keep the foundation from moving.
The purpose of foundation piering is to ensure the foundation is not relying on unstable soil. By placing the weight of the house on solid bedrock or better soil, you are able to provide better and sturdier support to the foundation.
How are foundation piers installed?
Installing foundation piers can be a long process. First, the dirt and soil around and under your foundation will be removed. After, brackets are attached to the bottom of the house. The piers are then pushed into the bedrock or more stable soil to provide the sturdiness needed. With the steel brackets connecting to the piers, we are able to shift the weight from the soil to the bedrock resulting in a more stable foundation and resolving any sinking or settling issues. After, we can back fill the soil around the home.
What kind of foundation piers are best to use?
There are two main kinds of foundation piers we use, Push Piers and Helical Piers:
Push Piers are installed by using the weight of the home and a hydraulic pump to push steel supports into the ground until resistance or bedrock are met. They are attached to the home’s foundation via brackets and transfer the weight of the home onto these steel supports, stabilization and strengthening your home’s foundation.
Helical Piers are used in low-weight situations where the weight of the structure is not enough to force the supports into the ground. Instead, a pier with an inclined plane wrapped helically around a steel support is “screwed” into the ground using a hydraulic machine. These supports do not need to go as deep and will then be attached to the structure, providing support and stabilization. These can also be used in new-construction applications to provide support to newly-poured foundations.
What are the Advantages of Piers and The Real Seal’s Methods?
Piers have proven to be a safe and reliable way to correct and prevent further foundation settling. And they are our preferred method due to many reasons. The benefits of using piers to repair a foundation are as follows:
- Low overall cost compared to other methods.
- You can continue to live or work in the structure while the piers are put in place allowing you to resume your daily tasks without interruption.
- Piering will level the house and secure its position from future settling all at once.
Helical Piers are another type of piering that we use that uses a screw type piering to support your foundation. By using a helical pier, we’ll have a fast installation that can support weight immediately. The pre-engineered system is easily modified in the field. These helical piers can be installed in any weather since they are driven hydraulically. These piers can also be used in areas with higher water tables and weak surface soils. Due to its extensive and complex installation, it is best to contact trained and experienced professionals to complete the project for you.
At The Real Seal, LLC, we are dedicated to ensuring your home’s foundation is able to stand the test of time. For more information about the various types of foundation repair services we offer, call us at (847) 756-7987.
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