If your home rests on a concrete slab, it’s important to know that the variety of soils in Austin and San Antonio could wreak havoc on your foundation. Unfortunately, soil in Texas can become unsupportive for many different reasons. If you’ve noticed foundation problem signs around your home such as wall cracks or uneven floors, it’s likely due to a soil problem. FSS offers push piers – a foundation solution designed to stabilize your home without depending on weak topsoil.
How do Push Piers Work?
Push piers are designed to permanently stabilize your home’s foundation. Here’s how the installation process works so you can better understand how they work.
- Expose Foundation Footing: The first step in installing push piers involves removing dirt from the damaged sections of your concrete slab. Exposing the foundation footing allows us to better understand the extent of the damage and locate the best spots for the next steps in push pier installation. Don’t worry, we use plywood and protective plastic to minimize damage to your yard.
- Prepare and Install Pier Brackets: Next, our team carefully prepares small sections of the foundation footing for our heavy-duty steel brackets. This process involves notching small gaps into the foundation footing, in which the steel brackets will be placed. These brackets will help guide the push piers vertically below the surface, ensuring the installation path is straight and secure.
- Place Starter Tube and External Sleeve: Once the brackets are in place, we begin placing the first two components of the push pier: the starter tube and external sleeve. First comes the external sleeve, which extends 48 feet below the bracket. This component prevents the steel push pier rod from bending during its installation. Meanwhile, the starter tube is designed to displace soil and reduce friction as the push pier is lowered into the ground. Both components ensure a smooth installation process.
- Lower the Push Piers: Finally, our team hydraulically lowers the push piers into stable soil far below the ground with assistance from the aforementioned steps. Each pier is installed carefully, one at a time, until your home is fully stabilized and protected from future settlement. Once completed, we move soil back you’re your foundation and compact it tightly. With our piers, the weight of your home is evenly transferred, and your home becomes completely level.
What Sets our Push Piers Apart?
- Designed with galvanized steel which protects the steel rods from rust and corrosion from underground moisture
- Installed with a 2x factor of safety which ensures a strong hold no matter the size or weight of the structure
- Comes with a guaranteed life of structure warranty which states that your foundation will never settle again
Signs Your Home Needs a Push Piers
Drywall Nail Pops
Most walls are built with studs which contain nails hammered into the structure. When your foundation settles, it forces wall supports to shift over time. This stress can transfer into any nails located behind your walls. Over time, they may pop out of place which results in bumps, or small holes in your drywall. If you see chipped paint around a hump or hole in your wall, a nail has likely popped – and this indicates foundation damage. Push piers prevent your walls from shifting ever again.
Obviously, if you’re noticing that settlement and sinking is affecting your foundation, push piers are needed. Settlement sinking can lead to all kinds of other foundation problem signs around your home. If left unchecked, settlement sinking can even destroy the structure of your home, potentially leading to collapse. Protect your assets and your loved ones with push piers, which permanently stop settlement and sinking from damaging your home.
Floor and Wall Gaps
As mentioned, foundation settlement causes structures in your home to shift. This includes both your walls and floors. During this process, gaps may open up between floors and walls in your home. Not only does this look unnerving, but it can lead to other problems such as misaligned doors and windows, or uneven floors which can be hard to walk on. If you notice floor and wall gaps in your home, it’s a clear sign of foundation damage. Push piers can close these gaps and prevent them from opening up in the future by lifting your home back into its original position.
Both helical piers and push piers work to permanently stabilize and lift your foundation. Additionally, both of these steel pier systems make use of bedrock and load-bearing strata deep below the surface to provide stabilization for settling foundations. However, the main difference between these two pier systems comes from their overall designs. Helical piers get their name from the helical blades attached to their body. These blades allow the helical pier to “screw” into the ground, which evenly displaces dirt. Push piers simply use a straight rod design.
We mentioned before that push piers provide a permanent solution to foundation settlement, and that’s the truth. We guarantee that our push piers will keep your home stabilized for years to come. In fact, every push pier system comes with a “life of structure” warranty which guarantees that with our solution, your home will never settle again as long as it stands. Even better, if you ever doubt the stability of your home after installation, our team can come to your property with a laser level and measure the levelness of your home with 100% accuracy.
Generally speaking, push piers cost about $1,000 a pier. The number of piers that your particular foundation requires depends on the type of damage and the size of your home. While we can’t know the exact cost until after we inspect your home, we know that installing push piers ends up saving you money in the long run. You’ll avoid repair costs since your home is permanently stabilized, and you won’t have to deal with other foundation problem signs that might damage your home and cost even more money.
Call FSS for a Free Inspection
With something as important as the very foundation of your home or business, you want to make sure that the foundation company you hire knows what they are doing. The knowledgeable team at Foundation Support Specialists has completed a multitude of push pier projects in and around San Antonio, TX.
Our expert technicians know that precision is needed to prevent further damage to your foundation during the installation. To learn more about push piers and foundation repair, or to schedule a free inspection, contact our professional team at Foundation Support Specialists today!