Helical Pier Foundation Systems
Helical Pier Foundation Systems
Helical pier foundation systems are becoming the new mandated foundation requirement in flood prone areas here on Long Island. This foundation system has been proven to stabilize foundations in unstable soil conditions, and in locations prone to flooding. As recently mentioned in a Long Island Newsday article many homes on the South Shore of Long Island have been constructed on Boggs.
As Newsday reported during the building boom on Long Island in the 1950s many swamp areas were filled with dredging materials. These areas were then covered with new soil and homes were constructed on those sites. The poor consistency of this soil has caused many homes to settle causing cracks, and foundation failures.
A helical pier foundation system is now required in these areas
This foundation system consists of galvanized steel helical pilings that are screwed into the earth, until they reach stable soil, than these pilings are attached to the existing foundation. Helical piles of New York can provide custom engineered helical pile foundation system to your existing foundation. Helical steel peers and cast in concrete columns are among the many options available to you as a homeowner, and will improve your foundations load bearing capabilities. Many homeowners have added second level to their existing homes only to discover the foundation was unable to handle the additional weight. A Helical pier foundation system will increase your foundations load bearing capabilities.
Helical piers have been used all over the world to secure residential and commercial buildings. Originally designed for lighthouses they are widely used for many other deep foundation applications.
Helical pier foundation systems are being used not only on new construction but to repair failing foundations and renovation projects. Helical piers appear to be a solution for failing foundations where soil conditions are not ideal. There are several advantages for using helical piers versus any other systems previously used, especially on existing buildings. Watch the video below to see how helical piles are installed before a foundation is constructed on a house for a renovation here on Long Island.
Advantages of helical pier foundation systems
Helical piers can be used for new construction projects in an unstable soil area; they also provide a simple solution to repair an existing failing foundation. Where in the past failing foundation would have to be removed at a huge expense. Now in many cases helical piers can be installed to improve the integrity of the existing foundation, saving thousands of dollars in costs and reducing the overall time of the project.
It is important to remember that not every foundation can be saved, because each project is different and many factors must be considered. A structural engineer will determine what course of action is necessary to recover the stability of the failing foundation. A structural engineer will work hand-in-hand with the local foundation repair service such as Helical Piles of New York and design a proper foundation recovery solution for each project.
Helical piers have revolutionized the foundation industry. Helical piers can be installed more quickly and more efficiently than the old-fashioned wood pilings that were pounded into the ground, which in many cases will weaken the existing foundation.
Helical piers on the other hand are twisted or screwed into the ground with a hydraulic drill attached to an excavator. The integrity of the pier is determined by the amount of hydraulic pressure that is exerted. When at least 3000 pounds of pressure is reached the pier has reached stable soil and is now ready to be attached to the foundation. The video below is the first in a series that will demonstrate the installation of helical pier foundation system for a renovation project in a flood prone area here Long Island.