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Helical Piers

Helical Piers, also referred to as anchors, piles, and screwpiles, are installed when settlement has been diagnosed. This is one of the best invasive ways to properly lift or support a damaged foundation. 

Symptoms

When homes are constructed, over time the soil around them may go through changes and possibly shift. When this occurs it can cause the foundation to settle and that does not always happen uniformly. If your home has encountered settlement some signs can be:

 

  • Cracks in brick

  • Windows and doors that stick or no longer function

  • Shearing, bowing, or tilting walls

  • Cosmetic cracks in interior finishes

  • Sagging floor systems 

  • Gaps developing between the ceiling and wall

  • Nails beginning to protrude from walls and ceilings

  • Chimney separation from the home

 

Solutions

Helical piers can make a difference in a large or small way. Sometimes they are installed to prevent further settlement and only to support the structure. Other times they drastically improve the living conditions in the home. Below is several examples.

 

  • Large cracks around door and windows closing

  • Doors and windows no longer stick

  • Walls and chimneys returned to plumb 

  • Entire floor systems may be leveled 

T.H.E. Construction is a certified installer of Piertech Systems

Installation

The installation consists of these steps:

  1. Excavate to the footer of the foundation

  2. The bracket is connected, and the helical pier is hydraulically driven into the soil.

  3. The home's weight is transferred from the foundation to the piers. 

  4. Lifting may take place as long as the structure will allow. 

  5. The footer is recovered and the area is permanently repaired.