Because foundation problems are a major issue for many homeowners, it is important to do everything you can to prevent them before they arise. This is especially important if you live in areas where the soil is susceptible to movement and shifting. If you are building a new home in such an area, you may want to consider the fast-spreading trend of installing helical piers under new construction. Though they are normally used in foundation repair, helical piers can be a great tool to prevent your foundation from sinking or settling. A sinking foundation can cause various issues throughout other areas of the home – cracks in your foundation or walls, bowing or leaning walls, windows and doors that stick, uneven or sloped floors, and more. My Foundation Repairs connects you with professionals that use innovative methods to help protect against foundation problems.
Helical piers, also known as helical anchors or piles, are used to lift and stabilize failing foundations. They are screwed deep into the stable soil beneath the constantly shifting, active soil that supports your foundation. Then, the weight of the structure is transferred onto the pier so that the foundation can be stabilized and the structure lifted back to its original position. This is how helical piers work in foundation repair situations. When they are used for new construction, they are installed in much the same way. The advantage to installing helical piers under new construction is that they can be installed more accurately and with much more ease.
Some advantages to using new construction helical piers are that they are extremely strong and effective, and the process is practically pain-free. Helical piers have an extremely high load-bearing capacity; they are able to support over 200,000 pounds per pier. They can also be installed in nearly all weather conditions and the installation process itself is quick and non-invasive.
Many common foundation problems can be avoided through the use of helical piers in your new construction. Foundations built on active soil are likely to settle or develop cracks. Usually, a sinking or settling foundation is caused by shifting soil around and under the structure. This can happen when there is excessive rain and the soil retains moisture, leading to high hydrostatic pressure. This pressure can be too much for the foundation and may cause it to shift or crack. Foundations can also shift if the soil under them erodes, creating voids under the foundation. Shrinking soil due to drought conditions can also form such voids. By installing helical piers under your new construction, you will ensure that your foundation is well supported.
The ECP (Earth Contact Products) helical piers used by My Foundations Repair contractors are the most reliable piers available. We recommend the best products and services to keep your home healthy and safe. If you are building a new home, consider using new construction piers to prevent foundation problems down the road.