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The push pier system is a permanent, super fast, cost-effective, and year-round solution for any type of foundation settlement issue. Settlement problems occur when soil conditions change around or beneath foundation. Your home or building will shift, sink or settle when soils wet and soften, dry and shrink, or compact underneath the weight of a structure. There are numerous signs that indicate foundation problems such as cracks on exterior or interior walls, doors and windows that won’t shut or open, or a chimney that tilts away from a home.
The Common Signs of Foundation Settlement
- Tilting or cracked chimneys
- Horizontal or stair-step cracks along walls
- Leaning, bowing or bulging walls
- Uneven, sinking or bouncy floors above a crawl space
- Doors and windows that won’t shut/open
- Cracks along windows & door openings
- Seeping water or dirt in basement
- Tilting or cracked chimneys
- Concrete slabs that have cracked and shifted (garage, sidewalk, patio)
- Warping of hardwood or uneven wear marks in carpet
- Floor tiles lifting or cracking
- Standing water around perimeter of home
- Cracked brick on a building exterior
- Sunken or shifted exterior precast stairway
How Push Piers WorkPush piers are made out of heavy-duty steel. Installation involves hydraulically driving the piers deep into the soil beneath your home or building until competent, load bearing strata or bedrock is reached. They are then connected to the foundation footings by a steel bracket to permanently stabilize the foundation of your home or building. We say permanent because the push piers bypass the problem soils, which are the actual cause of foundation damage in the first place. And the best part. Once the installation of push piers is complete, you have the option of lifting your home back to its original, level position. Speak with an Expert
Repair… Don’t ReplaceInstead of using push piers to repair, a contractor may recommend replacing your foundation walls and footings as a solution to settlement damage. This method is far more costly, and disruptive to your home, yard, landscaping, sidewalks, driveways and decks. Not to mention, the settlement is likely to occur again as the real problem is with the compaction and expansion of soil rather than the foundation itself. Other solutions such as concrete piers, are unable to reach deep enough to find competent soils that can support the weight of your home. This actually adds increased weight to the soil, making the problem even worse. To properly repair a foundation, push pier systems drive, rugged, steel pier sections, deeper than any other method available. Once beyond the trouble soil, they are then able to transfer the weight of your home or building onto competent load bearing strata or bedrock.
4 Step Installation ProcessInstallation of push piers can be performed year-round and without the use of heavy equipment to avoid damage to your lawn and landscaping. They are also below grade, meaning that after installing, the system itself is underground so it does not detract from the beauty of your property!
The Four Steps of Installation1. Excavating Around the Foundation: At each pier installation point, we excavate the soil around the foundation to expose the foundation footing. 2. Mounting the Foundation Bracket: We secure heavy duty steel foundation brackets to your foundation’s footings. 3. Installing the Push Piers: Galvanized steel pier sections are hydraulically driven through the bracket, into competent soils or bedrock. 4. Transferring The Structural Weight: Your home building’s weight is then carefully transferred from unstable soil conditions, through the piers onto load-bearing strata, resulting in permanent structural integrity of your foundation.
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At Foundation Technology, installation of our push pier system takes only a few days, and includes a written, 25 year transferable warranty when the job is done.