Do Helical Piers Really Work?

If you are doing foundation work on your Hamilton home, it may be recommended that you use helical piers. But what are they, and do they really work? This article will discuss why helical piers may be the right solution for your foundation problem.

What are Helical Piers? 

Essentially, these piers act as anchors to secure your home’s foundation. A helical pier looks much like a giant “screw” that goes through your home’s foundation into the ground to hold your foundation in place. They are commonly used on homes with sagging foundations, but they can also be used in various other repairs, including those on chimneys and stairways.

What are the Advantages of Using Helical Piers? 

  • They are versatile – helical piers can be used in a variety of foundation repair scenarios, including both residential and commercial.
  • They are strong – helical piers can support extremely heavy loads, making them ideal for foundation repair applications.
  • They are easy to install – helical piers are relatively easy to install. The installation can be done quickly with minimal vibration and disruption to your home or yard.
  • Helical piers are load tested before installation, and the load of the structure can be transferred as soon as the pier is installed.

Drawbacks of Using Helical Piers

  • Cost – when it comes to using helical piers, they are one of the pricier options.
  • Requires professional installation – helical piers should only ever be installed by a skilled professional – this is not a DIY job!

What to Expect During Helical Pier Installation

If you are thinking of having helical piers installed on your Hamilton property, it is important to know what to expect during the installation process. While the process may vary somewhat between properties and circumstances, the general process is as follows:

Once a contractor has determined that helical piers are the best solution for your foundation problem, they will arrange a time to begin the work. The installation begins with drilling holes into the ground where each pier will be inserted. Each pier is then screwed into the ground and the holes are then backfilled with soil.

After the helical piers are in place, a beam or similar structure will be installed that will bear the weight of your home. In the final step, the soil surrounding each pier will be compacted to ensure that they are stable.

Contact Conterra Foundation today

If you are considering helical piers for your Hamilton home, it is important that you work with a skilled contractor who can ensure a successful installation. At Conterra Foundation, we have nearly 30 years in the industry and offer unsurpassed service in foundation repair. Contact us today for a free estimate.