Helical Piers for Foundation Repair
Every home or commercial structure is built to last, no matter where or how it’s constructed. The basis for any structure is a solid foundation. Whether they’re built on top of solid rock, wet dirt or even sand, every building needs a foundation that will support its weight. Ground anchoring systems such as helical and resistance piers are used in construction and repair projects to strengthen buildings and bolster their structural integrity.
Helical piers are actually referred to by many different names, including:
- Screw piles
- Screw anchors
- Helical piles
- Helical anchors
Fortunately, they all have the same design and work in the same way. Helical piers are large steel shafts with plates welded near the base to create what is essentially a large screw. At the very top of the shaft is a bracket, used to attach the helical pier to a building’s foundation.
How Do They Work?
Helical piers are able to support the foundations of structures in many different conditions due to the screw-like plates welded to their base. Other foundation anchoring systems, like resistance piers, work by transferring the weight of a wall or building onto surrounding bedrock by driving the shaft deep underground. While the bedrock below is solid, it’s possible for the resistance shaft to lean or wiggle in the ground.
Because of their screw-like structure, helical piers are more stable. When they are built, the steel plates along the shaft are welded and placed according to the ground conditions of where the pier will be used. The diameter, position and thickness of the plates are all determined by a combination of:
- Load requirement of the structure
- Ground material
- Risk of corrosion
- Projected lifespan of the structure being supported
This level of customization allows helical piers to be designed and produced to support buildings in any climate or soil condition.
Premier Foundation Repair and Shoring in Atlanta
A weakening foundation can pose serious problems for you and your home. Look out for issues such as:
- Sticking windows
- Sticking doors
- Wall cracks
- Leaning chimney
- Bowing walls
- Leaning walls
- Sinking garage
- Sloped floors
If you or your family notice any signs of foundation failure, contact the professionals at Atlas Piers of Atlanta today. For more than 30 years we’ve specialized in foundation support and, in particular, piering. We make it our mission to provide Georgia clients with top-of-the-line service solutions and peace of mind. Call (770) 740-0400 for more information or to schedule an appointment.