Foundation damage makes itself known through various problem signs including wall cracks, a tilting chimney, jammed doors and windows, and bowing walls. If your home is experiencing any of these symptoms, foundation piers may be the solution for homeowners in Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown, Wheeling, and surrounding areas. Basement Authority of West Virginia installs pier systems deep below the soil to provide permanent support for your home.
How Foundation Piers Work
Foundation piers come in three different varieties, but they all function in much the same way to stabilize and potentially lift your foundation and have a similar installation process. Here’s what you can expect on installation day.
- One of our specialists comes to your home and inspects the area for foundation damage. Once the damage and cause are identified, we make a plan that best suits your needs. Depending on the type of damage, and certain elements of your home, we determine which specific pier system will work best.
- After a pier system is selected for use by our team, we begin carefully excavating certain sections of the foundation footing. These sections will be where the piers are installed.
- Next, our team digs below the exposed sections of your foundation. The piers are then inserted into the load-bearing soils deep below the surface. These deep soils are not affected by weather and are packed together tightly, so they provide great support.
- After the installation process is complete, our team cleans up the area thoroughly, making sure your foundation is back below the soil and any landscaping is back to normal. Once the piers are installed, they provide your home with permanent support.
What Makes Our Pier Systems Stand Out?
- Our piers use galvanized steel so they stay protected from rust and other hazards that might arise due to weather and/or climate conditions.
- Our piers come in three varieties to offer flexibility – helical piers, push piers, and slab piers. For this reason, Basement Authority of West Virginia has a pier that works for nearly any home and situation.
- All piers can be installed year-round and come with a long-term, transferrable warranty. That way, you can feel extra secure in your decision.
Signs Your Home Needs Foundation Piers
Wall cracks are a major sign of foundation damage. Cracks can form both inside and outside your home. Indoor cracks often appear above doors, as these sections of the wall tend to be weaker than others. Outdoor cracks will likely appear along masonry in a stair-step pattern. No matter where cracks occur, foundation piers can close them.
Since your floor is located directly above your foundation, and foundation damage is going to take a toll on this area of your home. If you’ve noticed sections of your floor becoming uneven, foundation piers can realign your floor into its proper position.
Sticking Doors and Windows
As your foundation shifts, so do the door frames and window frames in your home. Unfortunately, these shifts can cause your doors and windows to become unaligned. This makes them harder to open – doors may drag along floors and windows may never budge no matter how hard you push.
As mentioned, foundation piers come in three different varieties. These include push piers, helical piers, and slab piers. Push piers are used for heavy structures and can be installed deepest below the ground. Helical piers work well for lighter structures and use a special “helical” design that allows them to work like a screw. Slab piers are specialized for concrete slabs and rest directly below the concrete. All of them provide unwavering support for their corresponding structures.
No. Piers are not available to the average consumer and require hydraulic equipment to be properly inserted below the soil. Even if you could find piers to install, they become useless without the proper installation tools and training. Only professional foundation services have the knowledge required to make pier systems work effectively.
There is a level of soil deep below the topsoil known as load-bearing strata. Bedrock is an example of this type of soil, as it has become so condensed and packed together that it almost feels like solid rock. Pier systems make use of these deep soils by inserting into them. With a mix of sturdy steel and these unmovable soils, your home is provided with support independent of the often-weak soils on the surface.
Call Basement Authority of West Virginia for a Free Inspection
Foundation damage can be devastating for homeowners. No one wants to see their floors, walls, doors, and windows become unusable. That’s where foundation piers come in – and our team is always ready to install them. For almost two decades, Basement Authority of West Virginia has been helping homeowners in Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown, Wheeling, and surrounding areas solve their foundation problems. Contact us to learn more about foundation repair and schedule a free inspection with one of our specialists today!