What is Pier Foundation Repair?
What are Foundation Piers? When are they used in Foundation Repair?
Making sure foundation repairs are done by professionals who are experienced and use the best products available in the industry is important. My Foundation Repairs uses foundation repair products made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the best underpinning products made in the industry. Underpinning your home and repairing your foundation with products such as steel piers, helical piers, helical tieback anchors, plate anchors, and hydraulic lift slab piers will ensure the integrity of your foundation.
Foundation problems are usually the result of soil-related problems such as poor compaction, overloading, poor waterproofing, soils that expand and shrink with changes in moisture content, and excessive organic materials. Foundation piers will permanently stabilize your home’s foundation and lift your home back to its original level. If you have noticed cracks in your walls or floors, have doors or windows that stick, or notice uneven floors, you may be experiencing foundation settlement. My Foundation Repairs has the experience and products to help stabilize your foundation.
Foundation Repairs Using Steel Push Piers
Steel push piers are the most common foundation repair product used for foundation underpinning. The ECP steel piers are an easy, economical solution that will provide long-lasting results. These steel push piers are hydraulically driven deep down to load-bearing stratum or rock suitable to support the load. These piers are driven individually and the entire structure works as the reaction. A friction reduction collar is attached to the lead section of the pier pipe. This collar is used to create an opening in the soil that has a larger diameter than the pier pipe. This reduces the skin friction on the push pier pipe as it is driven into the soil and allows the installer to load test and verify that the pier has encountered firm bearing stratum or rock.
Push pier advantages:
- Can be installed in all weather
- Can reach greater depth than other options
- Long lifespan – ECP steel push piers are resistant to corrosion
- Does not require invasive equipment to install
- Lifts foundation back to a level position
High-pressure hydraulic jacks are placed at multiple locations during the load transfer, reducing the load on each pier to only the design working load. ECP steel piers are the first choice for reputable foundation repair professionals.
Foundation Repair Using Helical Piers
Helical piers are ideal for foundation repair when there is a need to resist a tension or compressive force or both. These helical piers are used for both heavy structures and light structures such as stoops and decks. These helical piers are screwed into the earth until they reach the stable soil. They are placed at pre-calculated intervals to spread the load of the structure. Brackets are then attached to the foundation wall base and the weight is transferred to the piers. My Foundation Repairs uses the best helical piers made in the industry today. If you are in need of foundation repair, the experts at My Foundation Repairs have the experience and products, such as helical piers, to stabilize your foundation. Don’t ignore the signs of foundation settlement. We can help you with your foundation repair needs.
Foundation Repair Using Helical Tieback Anchors
Helical tieback anchors are used to straighten and stabilize bowing basement walls. These helical anchors are installed from inside the basement wall through a small hole. With exterior excavation, the basement wall can be immediately pulled back to its original level. They are installed using lightweight, portable equipment and are not affected by weather and can be load tested immediately upon installation. My Foundation Repairs along with ECP will match the correct helical tieback anchors to your application or load requirement. Helical tieback anchors not only can help with basement walls but can also be used for:
- Retaining walls
- Temporary wall support
- Tilt up construction
If you have noticed tilting or bowing walls, the damage will only get worse over time. Walls that are damaged due to soil pressure, will also increase the likelihood of unwanted water in your basement. Don’t hesitate to contact the experts at My Foundation Repairs to get your bowing or tilting walls fixed using helical tieback anchors made by Earth Contact Products.
Foundation and Wall Repair Using Plate Anchors
Wall plate anchors are designed to stabilize cracking and bowed foundation walls. The plate anchors secure basement walls that are bowing or tilting due to excessive outside soil. The plate anchors made by Earth Contact Products consist of an inside wall plate, an outside anchor, and a high-strength rod that ties them together. These plate anchors provide supplemental lateral force to help stabilize the bowed and cracked walls. The installation requires minimal excavation or disturbance to landscaping. My Foundation Repairs can repair bowing, leaning, and cracked basement walls using these plate anchors with little disturbance to your landscaping or home. Because the plate anchor assembly is made with hot-dipped galvanized steel, they will be protected against corrosion for many years.
Slab Repair Using Hydraulic Lift Slab Pier
Slab push piers are a unique type of resistance pier that is mounted on concrete slabs. My Foundation Repairs uses these slender steel slab piers made by Earth Contact Products to support concrete slabs. These slab piers work just like other resistance piers, as they are end-bearing piers that don’t rely on skin friction to produce support. The resistance slab piers are installed using a grid pattern with spacing that is no greater than five feet apart. After the piers are installed, the slab load is transferred across the piers uniformly and evenly by activating the hydraulic rams simultaneously with the ECP manifold lift system. Slab piers are used anytime you have a slab of four or more inches in thickness to stabilize and lift the slab that is failing due to soil conditions that are too weak to support the slab. The installation is accomplished inside the structure through an eight-inch core drilled access hole. These Earth Contact Product slab piers install quickly due to their minimal setup time. So if you are in need of slab repair, let the experts at My Foundation Repairs install these hydraulic lift slab piers.
For any of your foundation repair needs, contact the professionals at My Foundation Repair for a free estimate.