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Helical Pier Installation: 4 Essential Steps

Experiencing foundation settlement can be frightening for homeowners. But you don’t have to handle it alone. One answer is professional helical pier installation.

Helical piers are a unique form of underpinning used to permanently stabilize and potentially help lift your home back into place.

It can be a challenging undertaking, but the experts at Indiana Foundation Service effectively and efficiently install these durable piers to repair and protect your home. Learn how we do it in four essential steps.

What Are Helical Piers?

First things first, let’s explain what helical piers are. Helical piers are long steel tubes that can stabilize settling foundations by connecting footings to solid, load-bearing soils.

The distinctive appearance of a helical pier explains how it works to solve foundation settlement problems. The helical plates welded to the shaft of a helical pier are designed to pull the pier into the soil when the pier is installed.

By measuring turning resistance as a pier is driven, the installer can determine when the pier has reached competent load-bearing soil. Piers are connected to the foundation with strong steel brackets.

Our 4-Step Helical Pier Installation Process

If you suspect your home is settling, one of our foundation specialists can inspect your home and develop a free helical pier installation quote. We can customize a system that is ideal for your foundation and soil conditions.

To install helical piers, our team takes the following four steps:

helical pier installation step one

1. Preparing The Foundation Footing

To begin, the soil around your foundation must be excavated to expose the footing at each pier location.

A section of the footing is cut away so the steel bracket connected to the pier will support the wall directly. This approach provides more effective support than lifting the section of the footing that extends beyond the walls.

helical pier installation step two

2. Advancing the Helical Shafts

Next, steel helical piers are turned down into the soil until competent strata are reached. Extension shafts are added as necessary to reach greater depths.

These steel foundation piers are the strongest components in our foundation repair arsenal and are responsible for transferring the weight of your structure to solid, load-bearing soil. Our foundation piers are available with a galvanized steel design. These piers are corrosion-resistant for long-lasting durability.

helical pier installation step three

3. Attaching Foundation Brackets

Unlike push piers, helical piers are driven fully and completely before their brackets are attached.

This is mainly because helical piers don’t require the heavy weight of the structure to be driven into the soil. This makes them ideal for lighter structures, such as decks and concrete stairs.

Once all helical piers are installed, steel brackets are attached to connect each pier to the footing.

helical pier installation step four

4. Attempting to Lift The Foundation

Once all piers and brackets have been installed, the settlement of your foundation will be permanently halted.

At this time, our installation team determines whether it makes sense to lift your foundation back to its original position. This operation has the potential to close cracks in your foundation and return doors, locks, and windows to their original functionality.

Advantages Of Our System

Many helical pier systems on the market today are not designed to support the weight of your home, rendering them ineffective. Here’s what sets our helical pier systems apart from the rest:

  • Year-round installation
  • Offers permanent stability
  • Stabilizes light and heavy structures
  • Round shaft resists bending
  • Can potentially lift the foundation
  • Below-grade solution not visible after installation
  • Warrantied solution to settlement problems
  • Corrosion-resistant galvanized steel
  • Rugged foundation bracket design
  • Innovative steel sleeve avoids warping

Invest In Trusted Helical Pier Installation in Indiana!

At Indiana Foundation Service, we want to help you restore the value of your home through structural stability. We have a wide variety of repair solutions that can address foundation problems of any kind.

If you live within our Indiana service area, we’d like to provide you with a free, written helical pier installation quote. Each quote includes a free on-site inspection and a professional consultation. To schedule your appointment, call or e-mail us today!

Holly Richards-Purpura

Holly Richards-Purpura

Content Writer

Holly is a Content Writer for Groundworks who has written and edited web content for the foundation services industry for almost 10 years. With a background in journalism, her passion for the written word runs deep. Holly lives in Columbus, OH, with her husband. Along with educating homeowners, she also has a big heart for the Big Apple.

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