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Helical Piers For Foundation Repair

helical piersDo you have bowing walls, cracks in walls, leaning walls, floor cracks or a sinking/settling garage? If yes, then your home may be showing signs of foundation failure. At Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services, we can install Earth Contact Products (ECP) helical piers, for underpinning your foundation walls. We warrant our structural systems for 50 years.

What Are Helical Piers and Piles?

Helical piers are steel shafts similar to a large screw. They can support the foundation for different types of structures. They are used for difficult soil conditions that prohibit traditional foundation repairs. Helical piers can also correct existing failing or settled foundations.

Many times helical piers and helical anchors are the best solutions for your foundation project due to the following factors:

  • Ease of installation
  • Little to no vibration
  • Immediate load transfer upon installation
  • Installed torque correlates to capacity
  • Easily load tested to verify capacity
  • Installs below active soils
  • All weather installation
  • Little to no disturbance to job site

What Are the Different Uses and Application For Helical Piers and Piles?

Helical piers offer many benefits. They help stabilize settling foundations, fix leaning chimneys, and repair cracked or bowed walls. The foundation is arguably the most important part of the home. It distributes the weight of your home to the soil below. Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services recommends that only a registered engineer design and oversee the design and application of helical piers when used in foundation repair or new construction projects.

How Are Helical Piers Installed?

First, helical piers are hydraulically driven deep into the soil and the bearing strata. Second, we hand dig holes at each point and chisel the footer so it can be accessible. Next, we insert a spreader beam. It is placed beneath the foundation and attached to a bracket. After installing the spreader beam, we install a steel pipe that is placed in the footer hole for the hydraulic torque drive. The steel pipe is attached to a hydraulic drive and drills through the soil. Next, the helical extensions are inserted until the helical is secured into the soil. After the drilling process, the extra section of the pipe is removed. Brackets are placed in the correct position beneath the spreader beam. The bracket is placed directly onto the footer. The bracket is attached to the foundation and the footer. Lastly, the foundation is lifted. The weight of the home is moved from the damaged soil onto the helical piers and then the footer hole is filled in with soil. This process is repeated throughout the home’s perimeter.

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If you see signs of foundation failure, call the team at Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services to see how our helical piers systems can help you. Contact us for a free inspection.