A strong foundation is essential to maintain the structural health and safety of your home. When your foundation starts to settle, it compromises not only the stability but also the well-being of your family.
Signs of foundation settlement, such as sloping floors and zigzagging wall cracks, demand immediate attention.
Foundation Systems of Michigan is dedicated to offering tailored foundation repair services, including the installation of foundation piers. These piers—push, helical, and slab—adapt to your specific needs, ensuring your home remains stable and secure.
Explore this page to understand the importance of foundation piers and why Foundation Systems of Michigan is your trusted partner in this endeavor.
What Are Foundation Piers?
Foundation piers act as robust support columns that extend deep into stable soil or bedrock, strengthening your home’s foundation. These pillars effectively distribute your home’s weight to more reliable ground, preventing any future settling and potentially restoring your home to its original level.
By using foundation piers, you safeguard your property from instability caused by shifting or expansive soils.
Incorporated as part of a comprehensive home improvement strategy, foundation piers work in conjunction with solutions like basement waterproofing and crawl space repair. In short, they are essential for maintaining the structural integrity of your home.
Signs You Need Foundation Piers
The initial step toward effective foundation repair is recognizing the indicators of a problem. Keep an eye out for these red flags:
- Wall cracks in the foundation
- Nail pops in drywall
- Floors that are not level
- Doors and windows that stick
- Brick fractures
- Gaps in the flooring
- Tilting or cracking chimney
If you notice any of these symptoms, consult Foundation Systems of Michigan as soon as possible. We offer free foundation assessments and suggest personalized repair strategies.
Are Foundation Piers Necessary?
Yes. Foundation piers are essential for providing long-lasting stabilization to settling foundations and averting subsequent damage.
Prompt action is often more cost-effective. Neglecting the need for foundation piers can escalate expenses significantly over time as the condition worsens.
We advise acting immediately at the onset of any warning signs.
What Are the Different Types of Foundation Piers?
Foundation Systems of Michigan employs three types of foundation piers—helical, push, and slab—suited for Michigan’s unique soil makeup.
Our SettleStop™ Helical Pier System features steel columns with helical plates at the ends, functioning like screws to secure your home to stable soil.
Helical piers adapt well to different load requirements and situations.
The installation involves several steps:
- Excavating the soil to expose the footing
- Using hydraulic equipment to advance the piers into the soil
- Monitoring the piers’ progress until they reach the necessary depths and capacities
- Attaching a durable steel bracket to the footing
- Benchmarking the piers with small rivets in exterior walls
- Backfilling excavated soil
The SettleStop™ Push Piers operate similarly to helical piers but differ in design and installation. Push piers consist of elongated steel rods pushed into the ground using powerful machinery. They leverage the house’s resistance for stability.
Here’s how we install them:
- Excavate soil to expose the foundation footing
- Attach a footing bracket
- Drive piers through the bracket, deep into the ground
- Monitor depths and capacities
- Place benchmarks on exterior walls
- Backfill removed soil
SettleStop™ Slab Piers offer targeted support specifically designed for homes with slab foundations.
Our installation process includes:
- Removing any flooring
- Auguring a hole through the slab to expose the footing
- Placing a bracket under the footing
- Advancing sections of the piers into the ground
- Monitoring depths and capacities
- Affixing a bracket to the slab
- Pouring concrete into the hole and ensure a smooth finish
Foundation Systems of Michigan offers customized pier solutions depending on your home’s requirements. A foundation specialist will conduct a full inspection and make a recommendation based on their findings.
What Are the Benefits of Foundation Piers?
Our foundation piers offer exceptional durability and longevity, tailored for your home to enjoy benefits like:
- Guaranteed Stability: Each pier ensures permanent foundation stability.
- Protection Against Further Settling: Beyond stabilization, our piers deter future ground settlement.
- Durable Construction: Ensuring that your foundation will be safeguarded for years to come.
- Option for Lifting: If safe, additional pressure can be exerted to possibly lift your home back to its original level.
- Lifetime Warranty: All piers come with a nationally supported, transferrable lifetime warranty.
To maximize these benefits, choose Foundation Systems of Michigan’s proprietary foundation piers. Reach out to us for more information.
Why Our Foundation Piers Are the Best Choice for Your Home
Our foundation piers stand out for several reasons:
- Superiority over standard piers and generic piles
- Optimized for Michigan’s soil conditions
- Designed for long-lasting durability and performance
- Backed by a lifetime warranty
- Part of our ongoing maintenance service plans
Contact Foundation Systems of Michigan for Foundation Piers Today!
The integrity of your home’s foundation is not something to be ignored. Don’t let a settling foundation go untreated—make the smart choice by partnering with Foundation Systems of Michigan.
With more than 15 years of experience serving the Michigan area, we’re here to guide you to a secure and stable home.
Contact us now to schedule your free inspection and quote.
Foundation piers are usually the optimal solution. The specific type depends on your home’s foundation and extent of damage. Get in touch with Foundation Systems of Michigan for a free inspection to decide the best route for your home.
It is highly recommended to hire an experienced certified foundation specialist for the installation of foundation piers. Incorrect installation can lead to severe structural issues.
Generally, they require no maintenance, but regular foundation inspections are advisable to detect any potential issues early.
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