ALL PRO Methods of Foundation Repair

All Pro Helical Piers

ALL PRO Helical Piers

This is the best method of foundation repair available today!

How it Works and Advantages

A solid galvanized square shaft with a 10 or 12 inch helix plate at the bottom is drilled underneath your foundation. The helix plate locks the pier under your foundation preventing any upward or downward movement of the pier.

Pier DiagramThis pier has an almost infinite drilling depth and weight bearing capacity. It is easily adjustable and there is no concrete cure time. The All Pro Helical causes the least amount of stress on the home to install.

Disadvantages
Cost - This pier system has the highest material cost of any of the recognized methods of foundation repair.

Installer Expertise - These piers require expert installers. Many companies are now trying to learn how to install helical piers. They will be practicing on your home!

ALL STEEL HELICAL PIERS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL – Beware of cheap homemade imitations that are made of lower grade steel. This low-grade steel is not capable of the torque range of the All Pro Helical Pier and may twist apart before it reaches the proper depth.

 

Pressed Pilings

This is the most cost-effective method of foundation repair.

Pressed Pilings

How it Works and Advantages

Concrete cylinders are hydraulically pressed against the bottom of the foundation. This drives the cylinder into the ground against the weight of the house.

Disadvantages
By using the weight of the home to repeatedly drive a 6 inch cylinder into the ground, it may cause more stress on the home than other methods. Resulting stress may include additional brick and sheet rock cracks, as well as other residual damage.

This method has the highest margin for installation error. Unskilled installers can easily over lift your home or fail to install the pier to proper depth and pressure.

 

Steel Piers

This is a medium priced method of repair.

How it Works and Advantages

Steel PiersOne-foot sections of Double Wall steel pipe are hydraulically pressed against the bottom of the foundation. This drives the pipe into the ground against the weight of the house. The last section is concrete so all steel sections are below the oxidation level.

Disadvantages
This pier is best suited for homes located in areas where the load bearing strata is 30 feet or less. If the load bearing strata is deeper than 30 feet the weight of the home may not be sufficient to drive the pier to the required depth and the home will continue to experience settlement.

ALL STEEL PIERS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL - Beware of cheap single wall steel pipe piers that come in 3 to 5 foot sections. These longer sections use half the amount of steel as double wall piers and are installed next to the foundation instead of under it. This method saves the installer money, however, it is an inferior pier. Single wall steel piers are vulnerable to rust and easily bend over time because of the installation method, which is adjacent to the house and produces unacceptable torque on the pier.

 

Drilled Bell Piers

This is one of the oldest methods of foundation repair.

How it Works and Advantages

A 10 inch by 12 foot shaft is drilled under your foundation by the experts at All Pro. Drilled PiersThese shafts are filled with concrete and must cure for a full week before house can be lifted.

Disadvantages
Without an expensive geological test there is no way to determine the proper depth. Once the pier is drilled there is no way to add to the depth. If the pier ever fails, future adjustments will only re-level the home on the same failing pier. These adjustments will not improve the pier in any way and the pier will continue to settle.

 

All work plans drawn by Licensed Independent Engineers.*
All completed repair projects approved by Licensed Independent Engineers.*
All projects are field-inspected by Licensed Independent Engineers. *


* All-Pro Foundation Repair is not a licensed engineering firm, nor does it offer engineering services.  We use independent engineers to ensure that all of our work meets the highest standards.  Beware of companies that offer in-house or staff engineering services.  These are not unbiased engineers and they are not working for you!

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