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Helical Piles

Helical piles shine in addressing all kinds of foundation issues such as Cracks in walls or sagging floors

Helical piles are effective in helping anchor foundation walls and more.

Helical piles are a lesser-known but incredibly effective solution to common foundation problems.

Ever wondered how some structures retain their stability for centuries? It often boils down to their foundation. With the advent of technologies, methods to establish sturdy foundations have evolved remarkably. Among these, helical piles, a lesser-known but incredibly effective solution, stand out. In the world of foundation repair, the importance of these spiraled rods cannot be overstated.

Contact us if you notice cracks in walls, a sagging floor, or sticking windows and doors for a consultation.

Understanding Helical Piles And Their Benefits

Helical piles are essentially ground anchoring systems utilized for stabilizing structures. Comprising a central shaft with one or more helix-shaped bearing plates, they are screwed into the ground, providing foundational support for various constructions.

Born out of architectural ingenuity in the early 19th century, their roots trace back to Ireland. Before their advent, foundations were primarily stone or brick piers. However, these were not always reliable, especially in moisture-rich or unstable soil conditions. They provided a significant upgrade to these traditional methods due to their strength, stability, and ease of installation.  

A combination of robust materials and precise manufacturing processes render helical piles reliable and durable. They’re typically constructed from high-strength steel, chosen for its resilience and load-bearing capacity. The production process involves shaping the steel rod and welding helices to it, ensuring an optimal balance of flexibility and rigidity.

Quality control is paramount in construction. Factors such as the steel’s tensile strength, welding standards, and the coating’s corrosive resistance are meticulously monitored. Quality helical piles can withstand tremendous pressure and adverse conditions, making them a long-lasting solution for foundation repair.

Helical piles shine in addressing foundation issues. Cracks in walls or floors, sagging floors, and doors or windows sticking are signs of foundational problems. These issues primarily arise from ground instability, weak soil, or poor initial construction.

They can rectify these concerns effectively by transferring the load from unstable soils to more robust strata deep underground. These are not merely theoretical benefits. In many real-world scenarios, helical piles have rectified sagging foundations, re-leveled houses, and even fortified structures in landslide-prone areas.

Comparing them to popular alternatives like concrete piers, push piers, or slab jacking reveals distinct advantages. Helical piles offer quicker installation and minimal environmental impact, all without the need for significant excavation.

However, while these advantages make helical piles an enticing choice, they are not a one-size-fits-all solution. In specific soil conditions or building configurations, other methods might be preferable. It is essential to consult professionals to identify the most suitable foundation repair method for a particular situation.

Spotting them can be challenging for the untrained eye. While signs like a stabilizing bracket attached to the foundation or visible pile caps can suggest their presence, professional assessment is advisable for accurate identification.

Qualified foundation experts have tools and techniques to determine whether they have been used. Following this confirmation, professionals can analyze their condition and suggest necessary repairs or improvements, ensuring the foundation’s longevity.

The diverse soil conditions across Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi pose unique challenges to foundation stability. High clay content, expansive soils, and varied moisture levels can lead to foundation movement and structural damage over time.

Helical piles can play a critical role in overcoming these challenges. Their ability to reach load-bearing strata, unaffected by the volatile surface soil, makes them an invaluable tool in securing foundations in these regions.

Frequently Asked Questions About Helical Piles
  • How long do they last?

    With proper installation and good quality materials, helical piles can last over 100 years, often outliving the structures they support. 

  • Can they be installed in all types of soil?

    Helical piles are versatile and can be installed in various soil conditions, including clay, silt, and sand. However, soil type can influence the installation technique and the pile’s design.

  • Are they a good choice for both residential and commercial properties?

    Absolutely. The scalability and adaptability of helical piles make them suitable for both residential and commercial applications.

Our team of experienced professionals is ready to provide personalized advice and solutions for your foundation repair needs.

American Standard Foundation Repair is the leading foundation repair and remediation firm serving the Mid-South from our Memphis, Knoxville, and Rogers, AR offices. We provide unmatched customer service that emphasizes effective communication and an unending effort to provide total satisfaction. Our owner, Jae Wells, serves as president of the National Foundation Repair Association and leads the way in providing cost-effective and long-lasting solutions to fellow homeowners.

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