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The 4 Most Common Types of Piers for Foundation Repair

If your home is showing signs of foundation damage, it's important to take action as soon as possible. Foundation repair can be expensive, but it's a lot cheaper than repairing the damage that can be caused by a sinking foundation. In this blog post, we will discuss the four most common types of piers used for foundation repair. We'll also cover when each type of pier is the best option. So whether you're repairing a sinking foundation or just want to be prepared in case yours starts to shift, read on for all you need to know about piering foundations!

  • Helical piers are steel shafts that are driven into the ground to provide foundation support for new construction or to stabilize existing buildings. The piers are installed by a machine that screws them into the ground like giant screws. Helical piers can be used in a variety of situations, from stabilizing a deck or porch to supporting the weight of an entire building. Helical piers are most commonly used in areas where the soil is too soft or unstable to support a foundation, such as on riverbanks or near coastal areas. In addition, helical piers can be used to support heavy loads, such as those from a commercial building or parking garage. Helical piers are an efficient and cost-effective way to provide foundation support, and they can be installed quickly and with minimal disruption to the surrounding area.

-They are less invasive than traditional methods, such as driven piles, and can be installed quickly and with minimal disruption.

-They can be load-tested before being used in construction, so you can be sure they will support the weight of your structure.

-They can be used in difficult or sensitive areas where it would be difficult to use other methods.

However, there are also some drawbacks to using helical piers. These include the following:

-They require access to the site for installation, which may not be possible in some locations.

-They are more expensive than some other methods, such as driven piles.

-They may not be as effective in very soft or loose soils.



  • Concrete pressed piers are a type of foundation repair that is used to stabilize a sinking foundation. They are made of concrete that is pressurized into the ground, and they are typically used in areas with soft soils. Concrete pressed piers are placed under the foundation and extend to a depth where the soil is more stable. This helps to support the weight of the foundation and prevents further settling. In some cases, concrete pressed piers can also be used to raise a foundation that has already settled. If you have a sinking or settling foundation, concrete pressed piers may be the best solution for your problem.

-Concrete pressed piers are less likely to settle than other types of piers, and they can be installed quickly and easily.

-Concrete pressed piers are highly durable and can support a great deal of weight.

However, there are some drawbacks to using concrete pressed piers.

-One disadvantage is that they may not be suitable for all types of soil.



  • Pressed steel piers are a type of deep foundation that is used to support the weight of a heavy structure. The piers are made of hollow steel tubes that are driven into the ground under high pressure. Pressed steel piers can be used in a variety of applications, including bridge foundations, offshore platforms, and tall buildings. They are selected for projects where other types of foundations, such as drilled shafts or augercast piles, would not be able to provide sufficient support. Pressed steel piers are also advantageous because they can be installed quickly and with minimal disruption to the surrounding area.

Steel pressed piers have their own unique advantages and disadvantages that should be considered before making a final decision about your home's foundation.

-Steel pressed piers are very strong and can support a lot of weight.

-They are less likely to corrode than other types of piers.

-They can be installed in a relatively short amount of time.

However, some of the main cons of steel pressed piers are:

-They are more expensive than other types of piers.

-They can be difficult to remove if you ever need to make repairs to your foundation

Additionally, if not installed correctly, they can cause additional damage to your home.



  • Drilled piles, or Drilled piers, are cast-in-place deep foundation elements that are installed using a helical auger. The auger is driven into the ground to the required depth and then removed. The auger leaves a hole of a slightly larger diameter than the auger itself. Reinforcing steel is placed in the hole as required before concrete is placed in the hole and allowed to harden. Augercast piles are most commonly used in areas with soils that are not conducive to other foundation types such as drilled piers or driven piles. They are also used where excessive Settlement of the foundation could damage the structure being supported. Augercast piles can be used to support both buildings and bridges. augercast piles were first developed and used in Europe in the late 19th century and were introduced to North America in the early 20th century.

There are several benefits to using augercast piles:

-High load-bearing capacity and their ability to be installed in most types of soil.

-Drilled piles are less expensive than other types of deep foundations, such as driven piles.

However, there are also some disadvantages to using augercast piles:

-They can be more difficult to install in certain types of soil.

-They may not be suitable for all projects due to their limited load-bearing capacity.




So, what’s the verdict? Which foundation repair method is best for your home? The answer isn’t clear-cut because each one has its own set of pros and cons that you should take into consideration before making a final decision. Contact us today to book a free inspection and we can help you weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each approach so you can make an informed choice about which foundation repair strategy is right for your home.



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