🐊Helical Piers for Foundation Repair? Pros, Cons & Homeowner Tips
Here’s the PROS and CONS of installing a helical pier system in your home in order to lift your foundation, and gives you some useful tips to help you decide whether or not you need them and if they are ideal for your situation.
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3 Ways Your Soil is Ruining Your Foundation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsgaFl–JMc
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If you want to know how to repair a cracked foundation or are thinking of leveling your house, a helical pier system may be right for you. This video briefly covers how helical piers work and gives you some pros, cons, and tips for this foundation repair system.
Helical piers work by transferring your home’s weight to load-bearing soil. When the piers reach load-bearing soil, a steel foundation bracket is attached to your home’s footing and connected to the helical piers. This transfers the weight of the house down to the stable soil, halting settlement. From there we can attempt to lift your home back to its original position. The helical pier system is perfect for permanently stopping foundation settlement, thus avoiding structural failure.
Helical piers are ideal for you if you want these four things:
1: A quicker installation compared to other systems
2: A permanent solution
3: To bring the home to its original position
4: To stabilize a lighter structure that has started to sink such as a deck or a chimney.
Now let’s discuss Eight Pros to helical piers:
Pro 1: It can save you from having to replace your entire foundation.
Pro 2: They are suitable for both heavy and light loads.
Pro 3: They reach greater depths than other options.
Pro 4: Our round shaft design resists bending.
Pro 5: Our helical Pier system has a patented bracket and external sleeve that also prevents kinking and bending.
Pro 6: Our system is available in galvanized steel that resists rust.
Pro 7: It’s underground.
Pro 8: Our helical Pier system can often lift foundations back to their original position.
Now here are cons to helical piers:
Con 1: The installation can be disruptive to your yard as helical piers require the use of moderately heavy equipment to install.
Con 2: They require an expensive soil boring sample or intimate knowledge of the local soil.
Con 3: They can bend.
Con 4: Not all helical pier systems are created equal.
Tip: Make sure your helical piers have a true helix shape that meets international code criteria standards. A non-conforming blade looks more like a duckbill. This makes it churn up the soil during installation. As mentioned before a true helix shape reduces the amount of soil disturbed and this allows it to go in deeper with less resistance.
So these are the pros and cons of helical piers. As you can see when you hire companies that either don’t have access to quality products like ours or don’t have the desire to be innovative in their field, you put your home and family at risk. If you know what to look out for you won’t be fooled and your helical pier system will hold up for decades to come. So remember if you want to permanently halt foundation settling or lift a part of your house in faster time this system may be the answer you’re looking for. We have other foundation repair systems such as push piers that can help with many different types of situations and can be less invasive. In the future we will have a video comparing them all to each other.