Settlement is a common structural problem that most homeowners will face. All homes experience some settling after the first few years of construction without causing any problems to the structural integrity of your home. Usually issues occur if your home was built on poor soil or if there are changes in the conditions and moisture content. This causes the soil to compact around your home creating a space under your foundation that it starts to sink into. Poor quality materials or techniques used during construction may also cause your foundation to start sinking but this is not as common.
If you have noticed any of the following signs on the interior or exterior of your home, you could have a potential foundation problem:
- Windows and doors don't open or close like normal
- Cracks form inside and outside on the foundation walls
- Cracks form on the corners of window and door frames
- One or more sides of the home are visibly sinking into the earth
SafeBase™ Push Piers
Installing push piers shifts the weight of your home off of the poor soil and onto the piers themselves. Our piers are made from strong, solid metal materials engineered to support the weight of your home. Over time, they push your home back up to the correct level and prevent future sinking of your home's foundation.
Installing Push Piers
The piers are hydraulically driven into the ground through a bracket attached to the foundation footing. Once they reach stable soil the weight of the structure is transferred through the pier to the load-bearing soil or bedrock below. The stable soil level is determined by load testing each of the piers as they are being installed.
SafeBase™ Helical Piers
These piers resemble screws and this is why they are said to be "screwed" into the earth into stable, load-bearing strata. Often times, these types of piering products are used in new construction homes or in properties that are very large. These piers can be installed quickly and in all types of weather. This means you don't have to wait until spring or summer to get them set up. Also, they don't require much excavation, and this is good news if you have a beautifully-landscaped lawn.
Installing Helical Piers
Helical piers differ from push piers in that they are "screwed" into the stable, load-bearing strata beneath your home. These types of pier products are utilized in new construction homes or large properties. They can be installed quickly and in any weather condition thanks to the minimal excavation needed for installation.