One of the most integral parts of a home is its foundation. If a foundation suffers from water damage, unstable soil, or simply was not strong enough, the shifting of the foundation can cause severe structural damage to the home. And, damage of this type can severely reduce the value of the home. In many cases of foundation problems, the helical piers system can repair a foundation and save the home from any further damage. The helical piers system can be used even if a home already has many of the symptoms of foundation failure.
Symptoms of Foundation Problems
Some of the symptoms of foundation failure include windows and doors that are difficult to open, large gaps in the door and window frames, uneven floors, cracking on the interior plaster walls, and cracks in the basement walls or outside bricks. Even trim and molding inside the home being misaligned can be an indication of a settling problem.
If the foundations are seen to be sinking into the ground, your chimney is leaning in one direction, or the walls are beginning to noticeably lean in one direction, your foundations may need attention quickly, and can benefit from the helical piers system.
How the System Works
In order to help the foundation to bare the weight of the house, screw anchors are attached to the more stable subsoil beneath the home at regular intervals. Brackets are then attached securely onto the base of the foundation by a professional. In this way, the helical piers system transfers the weight of the house onto the piers, rather than on the flawed foundation.
The foundation, as well as the rest of the building, is then supported and can no longer shift and cause any further damage to the home. It is important that the system is installed by a trained professional to avoid any further damage to the foundation.
The weight transfer that occurs with the installation of the helical piers system is far less expensive and time consuming than having the foundation excavated or rebuilt, and it leaves your landscaping intact. It is also installed more easily than other more complicated systems, and does not require the heavy equipment that an excavation would, and causes very little soil displacement.
It is also useful to install the helical piers system on new construction homes that have not yet had any foundation problems. If the soil around the foundations is considered poor quality, or a moisture problem can be foreseen to exist, this is the least expensive route to ensuring that a foundation problem does not occur down the line.
Not Just For Foundations
There are also other anchoring projects around a home that incorporate the helical piers system. Support columns, porches and patios can be anchored with the system, as well as concrete garage floors. All of these home features can have settling problems that are separate from the foundation, and all can be stabilized with the system, year round and with minimal disruption of the surrounding grounds.
For homes with ocean or lake frontage, walkways, docks, and piers are often built with the system to make them more stable and able to withstand the elements. Water seepage that normally would have prevented these structures from being built will not be a problem with the helical piers system installed. These structures can even be built on swampland when they are properly anchored.