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All about Helical Piers

A helical pier is truly a very flexible and versatile tool. It has many uses and does its job well; it’s easy to use and predictable. It functions reliably as it should without negative side effects. Additionally, new uses are being found for this wonderful tool all the time.

Helical piles are a great long-term solution. If a retaining wall or basement wall is tipping, for example, the installation of helical piers can stop the movement and possibly even pull the wall back toward being straight.

These flexible foundation tools have many uses. If a foundation is needed but the soil will not support a traditional spread footing, a helical can be pre-installed. When the concrete footing or grade beam is poured on top of the pier, the concrete will be stable and able to hold the load of the new structure.

Additionally, helical piers can be used in interesting ways, including use:

  • As tie-downs for signs that need wind overturn resistance
  • As resistance for guy wires
  • As lateral resistance to prevent down-hill sliding
  • As a method of soil stabilization
  • As soil nails
  • As building support over water sites such as a boat garage
  • As temporary supports in applications where the pier must be removed after the work is complete

Helical piers are installed using hydraulic pressure in a very unobtrusive way, creating absolutely no vibrations or loud noises. The installation process does not make an unsightly and costly mess, and the piers are almost always non-visible in the finished state. They can be installed in the tightest of conditions accurately and quickly by using hand-held motors. Both the correct position of the piers and the required angles of installation are easy to achieve.

The hydraulic pressures are monitored and used to indicate precisely the achieved capacity of the pier. Because of this, installers can be confident that required loads are achieved without unnecessary additional material costs, but also assures them that there is enough bearing.

There are many sizes of helical piles and various helical plate combinations. This allows installers to match load requirements and soil conditions, as well as any access limitations, with a minimum amount of difficulty.