An Overview of Helical Piers

Is your home or structure leaning? Do you have uneven floors, bowing walls or visible cracks in the foundation or exterior walls? Do you experience basement leakage when it rains or when snow melts? A contractor or repairman who notices these foundational deficits is likely to prescribe the installation of helical anchors.

What Are Helical Anchors?

Helical anchors, also known as anchors, piles, or screwpiles, serve as a deep foundation stabilization system. Helical anchors consist of a helical bearing system welded to steel plates. The weight of the leaning or sinking structure is transferred from the shaft to the deep, packed soil via the plates. Helical anchors can be employed for new or existing homes for stabilization or repair purposes.

Uses for Helical Anchors

Specific Repairs. Helical anchors can be implemented when repairs are specifically in need of caissons, driver piles, or mini piles.

Foundation Stabilization. Foundations often sink due to moisture. Helical anchors are the perfect solution because they dig into the deeper, more secure soil level.

Foundation Failure Reversals. There are many signs of foundation failure which might indicate a need for helical anchoring, such as:

  • Gaps in windows or door frames
  • Popping nails in ceilings, walls, or baseboards
  • Uneven floors
  • Leaning, tilting, or gapping chimneys
  • Visible foundation or basement cracks

Be watchful of any combination of these symptoms as they are prone to quick escalation, causing severe insecurity and instability in your home. Older homes may be the most susceptible to these symptoms, but newer homes are not immune. Homeowners experiencing the above signals should consider the advantages of a helical anchoring solution.

Helical Anchor Advantages

The advantages to helical anchoring are compound and may supply the best return on your home stability investment.

  • Ease of installation. Installing helical anchors is not complex. This is an advantage for homeowners because it trims labor cost and returns normalcy to the home more rapidly.
  • No vibration. This means that existing structures and surrounding soil remain virtually undisturbed by our installation process, affording less cleanup and no collateral damage.
  • Active Soil. Helical anchors can be installed through active soil. This will require less land-leveling or area preparation before installation which again saves cost and aggravation for homeowners.
  • All-weather Installation. Because helical anchor systems are built to withstand any element, they can be installed in any element. Homeowners with leaning, unstable, and even hazardous homes and foundations do not need to wait for spring or sunshine to return security to their homes.
  • Minimally invasive. Our worksite will be left as clean as before we began. Installation does not require us to completely tear up your lawn and wreak havoc in your neighborhood. Any necessary clean-up and/or restoration of the area will be completed promptly.
  • Affordable. Helical anchors are a cost effective solution for foundation failure. Moreover, costs are minute, considering the investment homeowners make by returning stability to their foundation and home.

For a free estimate on installation of helical anchors at your home, contact Intech Anchoring at 734-432-5111 today.