Feats of Human Engineering
Human engineering has allowed homes to be constructed on a variety of different terrains, from hills to cliffs. However, the ground homes rest on is subject to change and can shift over time, whether it’s from the weight of the home bearing down on it or from natural events such as earthquakes and floods. Not only is it dangerous, but a shifting foundation can possibly warp features of your home, breaking pipes and other fixtures that require costly repairs. In severe cases, some houses or features may need to be entirely demolished and rebuilt to rectify the issue.
Fortunately, advances in home engineering have significantly reduced the frequency of these catastrophic issues with the use of devices called piers.
How Piers Support Homes
Piers are designed to remedy failing building foundations by correcting them so the weight of a home is supported and properly aligned on its foundation. Signs of foundations under stress that likely need piers to support them include:
- Bowing walls
- Leaning walls
- Cracked walls
- Foundation cracks
- Sloping floors
- Leaning chimney
- Sinking garage
- Sticking doors
- Sticking windows
- Cracked slabs
- Porch and patio problems
- Basement wall problems
- Interior damage
Push Piers are sections of galvanized, or in some cases epoxy-coated, steel pipes that are driven deep into the soil at the edge a home’s foundation. The installation of the push piers is done with a hydraulic ram. The steel piers are driven into rock or a suitable soil bearing layer and are connected to the home’s foundation through a metal head extension assembly. As suitable bearing stratum is reached, each pile is tested to forces greater than required to support the home.
There are several advantages to installing piers in your foundation, including:
- No disruptions or dwelling losses
- Solves the issue of unstable soil in one step
- No invasive destruction to the rest of your yard
- No heavy equipment needed
Push Piers have been proven to successfully support structures in almost all soil conditions and are useful for seismic protection and different varieties of anchoring.
Secure Your Home with Push Piers from Atlas Piers
Atlas Piers partners with Earth Contact Products (ECP), whose foundation repair products are the best in the industry, to use steel Push Piers to fix foundation problems. Rest assured our ECP piers are a permanent, safe and cost-efficient solution for your home.
Our steel piers are non-invasive and won’t require massive cleanup or cause huge disruptions to your life. Our team of experts can install Push Piers without the use of huge equipment to tear up your beautiful yard. We field test all steel piers that we install to ensure they can withstand the load of your home.
Contact us today to fit your home with our steel piers from ECP!