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Helical Piers

helical pier install tar heelContractors have been in the practice of installing helical piers when making foundation repairs or during utility wire applications for many years. It is just recently that they have begun to install them under the construction of new homes, to add further foundation stabilization. These piers come highly recommend by engineers all across North America. They are a deep foundation element that is being used to replace applications such as spread footings and shallow poured concrete piers.

Your home is likely built on active soils. We use helical piers to anchor your home to stable soils which are found much deeper. With the use of the piers, there are no complications of them being improperly installed. Due to the fact that there is no wait time for concrete to cure, the helical piers can be installed during any weather condition. This will aid in keeping the construction of your new home on time and on budget. While the popularity of helical pier installations is growing, so is the number of qualified installers. When you call, we will work side by side with you and find the right solution for you.

Contractors and engineers have been using the helical pier system for decades dating clear back to the early 1800’s. These piers are used to help stabilize your home if it begins to shift or settle. Originally these were used to repair lighthouse foundations. Today, helical piers are being used in almost every foundation repair application. Because these helical piers are one of the most commonly used types of pier today, you know that they are the right choice for structural piering. When the repair is needed for stabilizing a light structural load, the helical pier is the most common choice of engineers today.

Many times helical piers are the best solution for your foundation repair project due to one of 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

Foundation Repair Solutions Using Helical Piers

foundation repairHelical piers are the number one sought after device for foundation repairs due to the fact that they can be used almost anywhere that traditional deep foundations can be used. They also tend to be more economical for limited access sites and work great for vibration-free and noise-free applications. Helical piers are installed using a torque driver machine that is generally attached to a mini excavator used to drill them into the ground. Helical piers have multiple uses as they can be used for foundation repair applications, or in new home construction. The helical piers screw themselves through the many layers of poor, soils which are not supportive that lie on the surface until they finally land and secure themselves into bedrock. The layers are usually revealed by the varying driver torque produced by the torque driver machine and are monitored by gauges that are read and recorded by our machine operator. Sections are continually added as the pier is screwed into the ground. The final section is then cut off at the proper location and installed with the appropriate load-bearing plate.

Due to the nature of the installation process, the helical piers in your North Carolina home can be installed year-round and only require small equipment, so there will be little disturbance to your home and its surroundings. They are mechanically installed by screwing them deep into the soil and we closely monitor the installation to assure optimum capacity. Once we have them at their capacity location, we will install and attach an underpinning steel foundation bracket to the piers. We will then carefully transfer the weight of your home onto the piers and then onto the soils below. This will ensure no future sagging and shifting of your home and give the possibility of your home being lifted to it original building position.

Give Tar Heel Foundation Solutions a call today and let’s get started getting your home and foundation back to square one!

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