What It Does:

Foundation Supportworks Push Piers are made of steel and include a set of helical blades on the lower section of the pier.

Technical Features:

  • Year-round installation
  • Lifetime, structural warranty
  • Galvanized steel design available
  • Suitable for both heavy and light loads
  • Does not rely on the weight of structure for depth and capacity
  • Round shaft has high resistance to bending
  • Provides an opportunity to attempt to lift foundation to original position

These piers are mechanically-advanced into the soil beneath your foundation using small construction equipment or hand equipment. As they are installed to appropriate depths and capacities, they prevent any future settlement issues. In many scenarios, these foundation piers will even be able to lift your home back to a level position by the completion of the installation.

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How foundation helical pier systems work

Foundations will experience settlement issues when the soils below the house prove unable to support the weight of the structure. Helical pier systems create a solid supporting base that transfers the weight of your home downwards to strong supporting soils.

How Helical Piers Work

First, the soil is removed from the area where the helical pier will be installed. Helical pier sections are mechanically screwed, or advanced, into the soil.

Once proper depths and capacities are achieved, heavy duty steel foundation brackets are positioned below and against the foundation footing.

The weight of the home is then transferred through the helical piers to deep, competent soils. Lifting the home back towards its original position is attempted. Then, the soil around the foundation is carefully replaced.

Installing Helical Piers

The first section of the pier that is advanced into the ground has one or more helical blades (or “bearing plates“) welded to the shaft. Additional sections do not have bearing plates, and are instead used to extend the pier to the necessary installation depth.

Helical piers can be installed from either the exterior or interior of your home, providing an opportunity to lift your home back to its original position by the end of the installation time. Helical piers can also be effective at closing cracks caused by settlement, as well as improving the operation of doors and windows. Read more about Foundation Stabilization.

When To Use Foundation Helical Piers

With knowledge of local soil conditions, helical piers can be an ideal solution because the installing contractor will know exactly how deep to install the piers to reach a stable soil layer that can support your home. If your goals are the following, helical piers are a good choice:

  • You need the best opportunity to lift your home back to its original position.
  • Lighter structures, such as decks or stoops, are in need of stabilization.
  • You’d like minimal disturbance during installation.
  • You’re looking for a fast, effective installation.
  • Restoring your property value is a priority.

When your helical piers have been installed, you can count on your problem to be solved—once and for all!

(Left) A foundation helical pier design that meets ICC (International Code Criteria) standards, with a true helix shape. (Right) A nonconforming blade, with more of a “duckbill” appearance. This makes it churn up and disturb the soil during installation.

Foundation Pier Application Chart

Removal and Replacement Concrete Underpinning Concrete Piers Helical Piers Push Piers
New Construction Of Home Or Addition
Can Be Installed From Home’s Interior
Installation Usually Completed In Less Than One Week
Lowest Risk When Local Soil Information Is Unknown
Stabilize Light Structures Such As Decks Or Stoops
Limited Disturbance To Lawn and Landscaping
Solution Extends Past Troubled Soils
Permanently Stabilize Foundation Without Maintenance
Ability To Lift Home Back To Level

Your Certified Helical Pier Installers In Georgia!

At AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, we’re proud of our permanent, warrantied solutions for foundation settlement of all types. Our team of in-house, certified foundation repair experts have repaired thousands of settling foundations throughout Georgia, and we’re ready to help you.

If you would like a free foundation helical pier installation quote, call or e-mail us today! Each of our quotes comes with no obligation and includes an on-site inspection, free consultation, and a proposal highlighting exactly what’s needed to permanently repair your home’s specific foundation needs.

We’re proud to serve all of Metro Atlanta, Marietta, Athens, Rome, Blue Ridge, Carrollton, Conyers, Peachtree City, Gainesville, and surrounding areas in North Georgia.

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