If your house is suffering from structural changes, caused by basement settling, you are probably in urgent need of an effective stabilization system. Ideally, the system, which would not require any serious structural changes or big financial investments. Foundation push piers are a perfect solution for all homeowners, who are eager to lift their houses back with minimal effort and disruptions.
The No Water Basement Experts will be happy to assist you in foundation push piers installation in all areas of Montreal. Our systems are made from steel and secure reliable support for your house’s basement. We can install them inside or outside of your foundation. The push piers are not visible once the repair process is complete.
Our experts will be happy to provide you with a free consultation and prepare a personalized quote for all foundation repair services
What Is A Push Pier?
Push piers are a popular stabilization system that is commonly used in many homes that have suffered from the foundation settling of any type. The system is installed in the ground that has to be excavated before the repair process is started.
Once the push piers are installed, the heavyweight of your house is evenly transferred to this system. Your house no longer fully depends on the basement and the soil underneath. The steel piers installed deeper down in the soil are a reliable and tested way to support your house and save your basement from cracks.
Installing foundation push piers may help the homeowners in many ways, including:
- Repairing wall cracks
- House tilting prevention
- Floor cracks and leaks repair
- Crack injection
- Sinking foundations
The No Water System Experts serve all areas of Montreal. If you found any signs of foundation settling, contact us for a solution.
What Are Concrete Push Piers
There are a few available methods to fix the failing basement, including different types of push piers. The types of this support system may be divided into the following categories:
- Steel push piers
- Hydraulic piers
- Pressed concrete piers
Pressed concrete piers are a construction of 12 inches wide and 12-18 inches tall. Just like with all types of push piers, the concrete ones are installed in the ground to support the failing basement or a settling house.
Concrete push piers are often available for sale at a budget price. Yet, while installing concrete piers is a cheaper solution, it is not the best way to fix the settling house. Due to the friction, it is not possible to put the concrete piers in the soil deep enough. Therefore, they do not support the house efficiently. Instead, they serve only as additional pressure to the soil that already struggles to hold the house.
This is the reason why we do not recommend installing pressed concrete piers in your basement. The steel push piers and hydraulic piers are much more effective stabilization tools.
Push Piers VS Helical Piers
Both push piers and helical piers have been used as reliable repair tools for failing basements for many years. Yet, the push piers are more popular and widely used. Does this mean that the push piers are a better way to secure your house from tilting? Not exactly.
Both push piers and helical piers are good solutions for failing basement repair. Yet, both systems have some disadvantages.
Push Piers Shortcomings
- Made for heavy constructions mainly
- Compression-fit: you cannot change them once installed
- Not possible to install if the foundation footings are broken
- Installation is only possible in a vertical way
Helical Piers Disadvantages
- Installation requires stable soil
- Need more workspace to install
Helical Piers: Preferred Choice
Even though both methods are quite reliable and provide decent stabilization for your house, the experts recommend installing the helical piers where it is possible. The reason for this is the versatility and flexibility of the helical piers.
They can both support heavy and light loads. Also, they do not require vertical installation and can be angled, if necessary. Besides this, the helical piers are flexible. Installed once, they can be moved later or taken out.
The helical piers can be installed quicker and easier, which also makes them a cheaper solution that will last long.
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Of course, you need to consult with an expert before choosing one type of push pier. The final decision would depend on many factors, including the size of the house, the soil type, and the workspace.