Sinking and settling foundations are common foundation issues that nearly all homes face in their lifetime. There are many reasons why the foundation sinks, with the most common being improperly compacted soil or the sheer weight of the entire building.
Rapid-Dri Foundation Systems, your sinking foundation repair expert, shares how pier installation fixes a sinking foundation.
What Foundation Piers Do
When foundation piers are installed, they will stabilize the foundation by shifting the load of the home from the soil and into the piers. This in turn provides a stable base that keeps the home from sinking or shifting in place in the future.
There are two types of piers to choose from: a push pier or a helical pier. Both are designed to settle the foundation properly but work very differently from one another. Helical piers are screwed into the ground and are the usual choice for small to medium-sized homes. Push piers on the other hand are hydraulically forced into the ground and are best for larger properties. We offer both types of piers as part of our wall crack repair services.
How We Install Our Piers
At Rapid-Dri Foundation Systems, we take a careful approach to installing piers to address sinking and improperly settling foundations. We start by digging around the house to locate where the piers are. We then clear out small sections of footing for the new piers directly under the foundation so that the supports properly lift the structure.
We then attach a bracket to the footer as we drive the piers into the ground – all the way down to the bedrock to ensure the load is properly offset. We then lift all sections of the house at the same time so that your home is leveled simultaneously and properly. Afterwards, we secure the piers at the proper height, locking them in place to ensure your foundation never sinks again.
Rapid-Dri Foundation Systems is ready to assist you with your foundation concerns. We offer expert bowed wall repair services. Call us today at (734) 272-4495 to learn more. We are your local sinking foundation repair expert in Ann Arbor, MI.