At Rigidize Foundation Technologies, we can provide you with pier installation to help with preventing and repairing certain types of foundation problems, such as wall cracks, settlement, a sinking home, or bowing walls inside of the basement. Installation can be performed quickly, and we will also be sure to clean up the job site before we leave your property.
Piering systems are often needed to help with stabilizing and supporting foundations. With the weather in our area, it's not uncommon for soils to absorb moisture whenever it rains. This can cause them to expand, and when this happens, it can put a lot of pressure on foundation walls. This may cause the walls to bow into the home, lean, or even pull away from the rest of the foundation. Additionally, soggy soil can lead to foundation settlement problems that must be taken care of through piering techniques to help provide them with the strength and support they need to hold up the weight of your home.
We use products to take care of these common structural problems. The piers are installed deep within the earth in stable, load-bearing strata. They go below the expansive soils, so rain and swollen earth will not pose a problem to their ability to support your home and keep it level.
Installation for these piers involves the following:
1. Surveying the installation site. Gas and other utility lines will be marked, and the placement of the piers will need to be figured out.
2. Excavation. Installation sites for the piers will be dug up for access to stable soil down below.
3. Preparation of the foundation. The bearing area underneath the footing of the foundation will need to be leveled and properly prepared.
4. Pier pipe installation. The pipe from the pier is pushed into the soil with a high-pressure hydraulic cylinder.
5. Load testing. The piers that were installed will be load tested.
6. Preparation for restoration. After the piers are installed and tested, the bottom plate and the bearing plate assemblies are placed on the piers and connected to one or more of the manifolds and hydraulic hand pumps.
7. Restoration. The load is transferred from the unstable soil under the foundation to the newly installed piers.
8. Clean up. The soil is replaced and the job site is cleaned up.
Concrete piers are effective, but they are not as reliable or as strong as steel piers. They also cannot be driven to the same depth as steel piers for strong repair work. Concrete piers can be installed every 6-10 feet, whereas steel piers can be set up every 16-25 feet - so there won't be as many that are needed for a project. Steel piers are also nearly 10 times stronger than concrete, and they can be adjusted over time to provide the proper holding power and load bearing capacities for your home. This is why we choose to install steel in our applications.
These anchors have been used in the repair industry for nearly 200 years now, so you now they are effective at taking care of a variety of foundation-related problems. They are ideal for applications where the foundation wall needs to resist tension or axial compression forces. These anchors have many benefits over other types of products on the market available for similar purposes. They are easy to install, can easily be load-tested, can be installed in practically any kind of weather, and there isn't much excavation required for their installation. These anchors are set up deep within the earth below active soils.
They are used to take care of the following types of problems in a home: wall cracks, leaning chimneys, windows or doors that don't open or close like they should, wet crawl spaces, stair step cracks in bricks or mortar, bowed walls inside of the basement.
If you have noticed that you have walls inside your home that are leaning into the basement, you need to get the problem taken care of before the wall actually collapses in on itself. We will come to your home, examine the wall, and determine what solution will be best for the problem. Typically, we install helical tiebacks to take care of leaning walls. They can be used to strengthen and stabilize a foundation, and installation is quick and simple.
They are installed from within the wall with a small hole that will be sealed following set up. These tiebacks have many benefits, including the fact that they maximize flexibility with changing weather conditions, and no excavation is required to remove them. They also can be installed in any kind of weather, and they are affordable.
These piers are used on new construction homes or properties. They are placed ever 8-10 feet in the soil, depending on the specific load requirements of your new property. This will help to prevent foundation problems before they ever start. We make use of helical piers that were designed and manufactured to withstand large structures. These piers are drilled into the earth until they reach stable soils that will be able to support the load of your home. This can help to prevent foundation settlement, sinking, and bowing walls.
Here are some of the benefits to using new construction piers:
- East and fast to install
- Minimal to no vibration
- Can be installed in practically any kind of weather
- Immediate load transfer of your home's weight following installation
- Load testing can be performed immediately