What Is Foundation Piering?
There are a number of reasons why a foundation becomes unstable, and one of the most common is soil instability. When a building is constructed on soil that is too weak to support the structure or soil that expands when wet and shrinks when dry, the ground will be prone to shifting. When the soil shifts, so does the foundation. Foundation piering serves to prevent the structure from shifting by using steel posts or piers to bolster the foundation. It’s one of the safest and most effective ways to stabilize foundations and restore the structural integrity of a building.
The Foundation Piering Process
A qualified geotechnical designer determines the number of steel piers necessary to stabilize the structure. The piers are either screwed in (helical piers) or pushed through (hydraulically driven) the weak soil until it reaches stronger, more stable soil. The pier is then secured to the house.
Benefits of Using Piers to Repair a Foundation
Foundation piering is a permanent solution for unstable foundations, effectively placing your foundation on ultra-durable steel piers. Here are a few other advantages to foundation piering:
- It can cost up to ten times less than replacing the building’s foundation.
- There’s no cure time, unlike the process with concrete-poured piers.
- The installation is fast and minimally disruptive.
Expert Foundation Piering Service For Georgia Property Owners
As one of the leading foundation repair companies in the Southeast, Engineered Solutions of Georgia offers both residential and commercial foundation piering, using helical piers and hydraulically driven piers. Not only are we experts in foundation piering, but we are also dedicated to educating our customers about foundation issues and foundation maintenance. To learn more about our foundation piering service, contact ESOG today.