Push piers work by transferring the weight of your home to stable 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. Then a proprietary heavy-gauge steel bracket is placed under the footing. Steel pier sections are then hydraulically driven through the bracket until they reach stable soil or bedrock. 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 its brackets.
Push piers are ideal for stabilizing heavy structures, but they may not be ideal for lighter structures that may not provide enough downwards force (reaction) to push them deep into the ground. In those cases, helical piers may be more appropriate.
The primary advantage of a push pier system is that it stabilizes your home’s foundation permanently and may even be able to lift it back to its original position. In addition, the installation of a push 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.