Helical Piers in Utah
Stabilize your foundation with heavy-duty helical piering
When a foundation has begun to sink or settle, it’s critical that take action as soon as possible to prevent further costly damages. Sustainable support for the foundation requires a stable base to ensure that it doesn’t sink or settle again. Typically, that means that you use a type of piering or pile system to transfer the weight of the structure to more stable soil or bedrock deep in the ground. One type of pier we use is called a helical pile or pier.
How Do Helical Piers Work?
Utah helical piers are long, steel beams, to which helical bearing plates have been securely welded. The end result looks something like a large screw. The piers are screwed into the ground, reaching deep beneath the unstable, settled soil to lower, more stable strata. The ends of the piers are attached via strong brackets to the foundation, allowing the pressure from the weight of the structure to be transferred via the pier to the stable strata below.
The helical bearing plates serve a purpose to create support or lift in opposition to the pressure of the weight of the structure. Usually, spreading the structure’s weight across a smaller surface area than the original foundation would result in greater pressure on those areas. The helical plates help mitigate that, while also reducing soil destabilization. They in effect, multiply the pier’s ability to support and stabilize the structure. That also makes them especially good for foundations that are exposed to a lot of moisture.
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- Can be installed both vertically and at an angle
- Ideal in poor, shifting soil conditions and high groundwater conditions
- Rapid Installation
- Ideal for two story homes, brick structures and commercial buildings
- Load test verifies pier, bracket and connection capacity
- Limited to no disruption to surrounding landscape
- Cost effective
- Increased Precision
- Installation in all weather conditions
- Immediate post tensioning and support
- Shorter bond length
- Cannot penetrate very hard rock
- Difficult to apply in boulders and cobble
- Slender shaft makes lateral bracing imperative
Basement/Retaining Wall Tieback
The Magnum Helical Pile System
When using helical piers in Utah to re-stabilize a foundation, we always use Magnum helical piers. Magnum helical piers utilize a round beam design, which is more stable than square ones used in other systems. They also use a patented dual cutting-edge helix which makes it easier for the piers to penetrate into harder soils and fill materials.
Magnum piers come in a variety of diameters, allowing for flexible load capacities from 8 tons to over 130 tons. By using Magnum every time, we’re able to accurately predict installation success. For more information on how Magnum helical piers could help with your foundation problems, give us a call today.
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