Settling Foundation Corrected by Helical Piers
There are a number of ways that a structure can experience a settling foundation. The most common cause is due to the changes in the soils after construction of the structure has taken place. During drought conditions, the soil can dry and shrink causing settlement in structures. On the other hand, during periods of heavy rain, the saturation of soil can cause it to soften, actually causing the structure to "sink" into the ground. Also, a structure built on poorly compacted fill soil may settle due to its gradual compression.
Helical piers from American Foundation & Basement Repairs, LLC will permanently repair and stabilize the structure’s foundation and provide an opportunity to lift the structure back to level without the expense and disruption of a full foundation replacement. Rugged steel piers are mechanically screwed into the soil. The piers are installed to appropriate depths and capacities, preventing any future settlement. Heavy-duty steel foundation brackets are connected to the helical piers and attached to the foundation’s footing. The weight of the structure is then carefully transferred from the original unstable soils, through the piers, to competent soils or bedrock, ensuring permanent stabilization and an opportunity to lift the structure back to level.
If you see settling foundation signs on your Asheville, NC home, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.