Secure Your Home’s Foundation with Helical Piers
Imagine your home is like a giant puzzle, and the foundation is the base that holds all the pieces together. It’s essential for the foundation to be strong and stable to keep your home standing upright. However, over time, the ground underneath your home can shift or compress, causing the foundation to sink or settle unevenly. This settling can lead to cracks in your walls, uneven floors, and other structural issues.
What Are Helical Piers?
That’s where helical piers come into play. Helical piers are like strong, metal screws that are used to support and stabilize sections of your home’s foundation that have experienced settling. These piers are long, cylindrical rods with helical-shaped plates attached to them, resembling a giant screw or corkscrew.
The installation process begins by digging small holes next to the affected areas of your foundation. These holes are usually positioned at intervals along the perimeter of the settling sections. Then, the helical piers are carefully screwed into the ground using hydraulic machinery. The helical plates on the piers help them grip onto the soil, providing stability and preventing further settling.
As the helical piers are screwed into the ground, they go deep enough to reach a more stable layer of load-bearing soil. This layer, often referred to as the competent stratum, can vary in depth depending on the specific location. It’s a layer of soil that can support the weight of your home without significant shifting or settling.
Once the helical piers have been installed and reach the competent stratum, they act as support columns for the foundation. The weight of your home is transferred from the footings, which are the wider parts of the foundation that distribute the load, down to the helical piers. By doing this, the piers essentially bear the weight of your home, preventing further settling and redistributing the load more evenly.
Helical Piers Provide Stability
The helical piers provide stability because they have a large surface area due to the helical plates. This increased surface area allows them to distribute the weight over a larger area, reducing the pressure on the soil and minimizing the chance of further settling. The piers are designed to withstand the load and keep your foundation level and secure.
In addition to stabilizing the foundation, helical piers can also lift sections of the foundation that have already settled. By gradually applying upward pressure, the piers can help raise and level the affected areas, reducing the gaps and cracks that may have formed.
Overall, helical piers are an effective solution for stabilizing your home’s foundation from settling. They provide support by transferring the weight of your home to a more stable layer of soil, preventing further sinking and reducing the risk of structural damage. With helical piers in place, you can have peace of mind knowing that your home is on solid ground.
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