Helical piers work by transferring the weight of your home to competent soils or bedrock. This is done by supporting the foundation’s footing. So the first step in a piering installation is to expose this footing by excavating dirt around it. Steel pier sections are then hydraulically screwed into the ground until they reach stable soil or bedrock. Then a proprietary heavy-gauge steel bracket is connected to the pier and placed under the footing. Once all the piers are installed, a lift can be attempted. When the installation is completed, the excavated soil is put back, covering the footing and the brackets.
Helical piers are capable of supporting both heavy and light loads but are the ideal option for stabilizing lighter structures such as decks or stoops because installation does not rely on the weight of the home.
The primary advantage of a helical pier system is that it stabilizes your home’s foundation permanently and may even be able to lift it back to its original position. Helical piers can also stabilize structures that aren’t heavy enough for push piers, such as porches and decks. In addition, the installation of a helical pier system can be completed in a matter of days. Total foundation replacement, typically takes much longer, costs more and does nothing to address the issue that caused the problem in the first place: poor soil beneath the foundation.
If you suspect your home has a foundation issue, the best thing to do is to contact a foundation repair specialist to inspect it. At Foundation Recovery Systems, our Certified Field Inspectors are expertly trained in analyzing foundation issues and developing a permanent solution to fix and protect your home. This inspection is free and carries with it no obligation to purchase a solution from us. So, there’s really no reason not to find out what is causing your home’s problems.