Cracked, sinking, and bowing foundations are serious problems that require the right repair work to prevent them from worsening and jeopardizing the entire structure.
Though there are a number of repair methods that can be used for this, some are not as stable and lasting as others.
If your home is in need of restoration of its foundation to correct sinking, shifting, cracking, or other serious problems, push piers are an excellent solution when appropriate and a wise investment to correct serious structural issues.
What Are Push Piers
Push or resistance piers are underground supports that offer extreme strength when serious repairs are necessary to correct a sinking or cracking foundation.
A preferred support solution over most other stabilizing methods, push piers are a highly durable and reliable option for lifting and stabilizing any substructure that is sinking or weakened.
How Do They Work?
Because push piers are installed a little differently than other structural underpinning systems, they prove to be a better foundation repair method.
Other piers such as offset, helical, and piling are either poured, drilled, or placed in the ground, then attached to the foundation to provide support.
Done this way, many of the more standard ground stabilization options to repair a foundation can fail.
Push piers are installed in such a way that the structure itself plays a part in keeping them load bearing.
First attached to the foundation and then installed downward, the weight of the structure puts downward pressure on the pier to stabilize problem foundations.
Reaching all the way into the bedrock ground level, they remain a solid repair solution without losing that critical pressure that can happen when other types of piers sink, tilt, or otherwise lose their load-bearing capability.
Why Are They A Superior Repair Solution?
Unlike other systems used to stabilize a damaged foundation, push piers are significantly more than just a support structure installed to hold up that damaged structure under the house or building.
While most other repair methods can be used to prevent a damaged foundation from sinking or cracking more, push piers can actually be used to lift one that is damaged back into place and then hold it there with little risk that it will sink or come out of position because they are installed from the top downward.
Push piers are installed in multiple pieces, the first of which is positioned as a support that fits under the foundation and gets bolted on.
From there, the support components are added one by one into the ground, installed using hydraulics to get them down to the bedrock layer, then are positioned so actually be pushing the foundation upward a little bit.
It is the weight of the structure pushing down on the stabilized pier that keeps the whole thing together and prevents any movement.
Although they do cost more than some other support repair methods, push piers pay for themselves quickly because their failure rate is significantly less than other repair options.
When fixing a foundation is significant enough to require piers, doing it right the first time is critical.
Hydraulically installed resistance push piers use the properties of physics to provide a stronger, more precision repair solution that will prevent additional foundation settling and damage!