Signs That You May Need Helical Piers

Some situations call for helical piers instead of any other support solution, like concrete. Know if your project needs helical piers with these simple signs.

Without a solid foundation for your construction project, you put both your clients and yourself at risk of a costly structural disaster in a few years’ time. There are many times that a basic concrete foundation isn’t enough to support the building above in its environment. Prevent yourself from worrying about the “what-ifs” by knowing the signs that you may need helical piers before beginning construction, and you’ll create a sturdy foundation that will last for decades to come instead of a short few years.

Building on Unsteady Terrain

You can often tell when to use helical piers by the type of land you’re building on. If you know that you’re building on watery, shifting, or unsettled ground, concrete supports won’t provide the foundation with good bracing for very long. Helical piers twist straight down to the solid terrain below the unsteady surface without disturbing the dirt around them, creating a solid bond between your foundation and the stable earth below.

Specifically, helical piers help you build bridges or docks around the mucky terrain surrounding a body of water. They also help with dusty environments and locations where construction may become difficult due to the geology of the land.

Repairing Damaged Foundation

Because helical piers don’t disturb the ground surrounding them and their installation doesn’t cause harmful vibrations, they’re perfect for repairing the existing foundation with damage. Once installed, you or your client can use them immediately for a sound foundation—there’s no need to wait for concrete to set with helical piers. For jobs that require a quick but long-lasting fix for a failing structure, helical piers provide the support you need.

Installing Foundation in Poor Weather

One of the biggest downsides of concrete is its inability to set in rainy weather and the potential for frost heaving during cold weather. Since helical piers don’t use concrete, you can install them in any type of weather and avoid construction delays. If there’s a time constraint, especially due to oncoming rainy seasons or snowstorms, helical piers save time with their quick installation, thus allowing you to focus on time-sensitive portions of the construction.

While these signs that you may need helical piers are important to watch out for, you may find that the long-lasting, sturdy nature of a helical pier suits your project better than a standard concrete pile. Supply your construction teams with helical pier systems from Helical Pier Distributions for their projects and start creating sturdier foundations that keep structures in place with less work from yourself and your clients.