Understanding the Importance of Foundation Piering
Of all the catastrophic things that can happen to a home, possibly the worst is the failure of the foundation. Your foundation is what your home is built upon, and a failing foundation results in a home that may be dangerous to live in, or even dangerous to be near because of the threat of collapse.
The threat of foundation failure is one of the main reasons to keep your foundation in a decent state of repair. If a foundation undergoes a catastrophic failure, then the repair bills are typically astronomical, and repairs can take quite a long time.
Foundation Piering is One Way of Securing a Home’s Long-term Stability
One way that a failing foundation can be fixed before matters take a turn for the worse is by foundation piering. Piering is much more cost-effective than extensive foundation repair and can be done quickly, with minimal disruption.
Foundation piering is also effective when it comes to areas where foundation stability will always be an issue. If homes or commercial buildings are constructed close to sources of water such as a swamp, then the ground is going to be less stable than in an area that is far from a watershed. Additionally, some areas have soil that has a higher-than-normal saturation of clay, which is softer than soil and can cause foundations to settle and eventually fail.
With foundation piering, steel pilings (which are also called piers) are sunk into the ground to help support a building’s foundation. Helical piers (which can also be called drilled piers) have threading, so these piers are literally screwed into the ground. Helical piers are used to support light or small buildings. Resistance piers (also called push piers) are long steel shafts that are coated for additional strength. These are literally rammed into the ground by hydraulics to provide stability for heaver, larger buildings.
Foundation Piers are Hammered or Screwed into Slate or Rock for Complete Stability
Piers are sunk into the ground until they encounter slate or rock. They are then fastened to the foundation using metallic braces. The foundation is then leveled off then the braces are welded to the structure, adding important support to the home as a whole.
If you think you have foundation issues, then please contact the veteran-owned Foundation Solutions 360 team today. No matter your issue, we can help, and we are able to help you with many other basement related issues as well. All you need to do is give us a call at (855) 532-5360, or send us an email using our online contact form.