Resistance piers – commonly referred to as push piers – are a great solution for a structure experiencing foundation settlement. Push piers will lift, level and permanently stabilize a foundation.
The Push Pier Installation Process
The push pier installation process is as follows:
- Galvanized steel brackets are mounted to the bottom of your foundation.
- Using a large hydraulic ram, galvanized steel piers are driven through the brackets until they reach the load bearing stratum and meet the load requirements specified by an engineer.
- Once the piers are in place, we’re ready to lift and level the foundation back to a more desired elevation using a synchronized hydraulic lifting system.
- After the lift is completed and the work is approved by the local building inspector, the lifting system is removed and the holes are backfilled.
Most people are surprised the push pier installation process is so uninvasive. For more information, see Pier And Beam Foundation Repair Methods.
Benefits of Push Piers
The benefits of push piers include the following:
- They can be installed in hard to reach areas.
- They don’t require using any heavy equipment.
- They’re good for repairing the foundations of heavy buildings such as two-story residential homes and commercial structures. This is because the piers are driven into the ground using the building’s weight.
Limitations of Push Piers
The limitations of push piers include:
- They can’t be used with lightweight structures (one-story homes, garages, etc.) because push piers use the weight of the building to drive them into the ground.
- Once they’re in place, push piers cannot be removed. For example, if you decide to add on to your house, you wouldn’t be able to move the push piers. You’d need to install additional piers.
- Push piers can’t be used if your footings are cracked or broken.
Our in-house engineers are able to provide you with the most cost-effective solution to your foundation repair needs. Our engineers use push piers when possible to provide the best repair method for your settled foundation.