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When it comes to the foundation of your Utah home or other important structure, it’s important to ensure that everything is as stable and durable as possible. Even though it seems like disastrous things like sinkholes only happen to others, we all need to be diligent about our own homes and professional buildings. One of the best ways to stave off a worst-case scenario is by using helical piers either during initial construction or to fix your already sinking foundation as part of a permanent foundation repair solution.

  • What are helical piers?

    Helical piers are a deep foundation solution that provides extra support and stability in challenging soil conditions of Utah or when cracks or sinking call for foundation repair. A helical pier resembles a large screw. The pier is a round or square steel rod with helices welded at angles to help the pier grip the soil. Helical piers are usually driven with a skid-steer or excavator and have a cap on top to attach the pier to framing.

  • Why use helical piers?

    Whether it’s new construction or fixing foundation problems in existing structures, helical piers are solid and permanent choice. If a project calls for caissons, mini piles, or driven piles, helical piers can do the job. Residentially and commercially, contractors can fix foundation problems with helical piers. In Utah, where foundations are often built in conditions that are prone to shifting, a helical piering system is a reliable solution for homeowners. They are also helpful for foundations that have a lot of exposure to moisture, which is another common Utah foundation issue. There are several indications that a foundation may be failing.

    • Exterior cracks in drywall, brick, or stucco.
    • Interior cracks in walls or basement floors.
    • Sticking doors and windows.
    • Gaps in frames around windows or doors.
    • Noticeable leans in walls or chimneys.
    • Settling floors that result in an uneven surface.
    • Nails popping in ceilings and/or walls.
  • How do helical piers help?

    If a structure has a sinking foundation, a helical pier transfers the load of the structure to stronger, more stable earth deeper underground. This shores up a failing foundation and prevents further damage. Helical piers also add extra stability that traditional footings can’t provide. Because a typical helical pier is seven feet long, it threads into the soil much deeper than traditional footings. This prevents hidden problems in unstable soil that is often lurking just inches below where traditional footings are installed.

    In addition to providing a solid solution to foundation problems, helical piers also save time and money for homeowners and other property owners in need of foundation solutions. No large excavation is required to fix a foundation with helical piers, so cost and time are significantly reduced. In fact, installation requires minimal soil disturbance. Most helical piers can be driven deeply into stable ground with an excavator or skid-steer, greatly reducing the time and effort required for the repair.

Foundation problems shouldn’t be ignored. A helical piering system is a fast, affordable and permanent foundation fix. Don’t wait until it’s too late; if you have foundation concerns get a free estimate on a Utah free estimate helical piering system today.

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