Single Press Concrete Pier
Use of pressed concrete piers is the most popular method of foundation repair and probably accounts for more home foundation repair installations than all other methods combined. It is effective in most scenarios and is the only solution in areas where there is no bedrock or soil dense enough for other methods. It also usually costs less than other repair methods.
With Rebar Reinforcement
Many concrete piers are manufactured with a 5/8 inch hole running the length of the pier so that it can be threaded on re-bar, cable, or other material that is rigid enough to prevent lateral shifting. In areas where there is no lateral shifting solid concrete segments work just as well with the added benefit of being stronger.
Double Wall Single Steel Pier
Steel piers are usually pressed directly under the foundation ,utilizing the same procedure of installation as the pressed concrete piers. This pier type offers a strong long lasting repair with the added value that in the majority of cases it can be installed at greater depths and it’s perfect to repair heavy structures due to its ability to carry greater loads.
W/ Concrete Top Cap and W/ Steel cap
Single Drill Concrete Pier
For homes and light commercial buildings, single drill concrete piers are concrete columns that are formed by drilling holes into the ground between 9- 12 feet deep and pouring liquid concrete 3500 psi into holes and are reinforced with steel rebars that are tied together and lowered into the hole. Creating a perfect vertical shaft that is between 10-12 inches in diameter.
Sonotube concrete forms stand strong as the most economical way to create round columns for buildings, entryways, structural columns, light posts and other commercial and residential structures. We use it on our single drill concrete pier to add extra support to the foundation.
Double Drill Concrete Piers
For two story residential homes or heavier commercial buildings, double drill concrete piers are 8” in diameter formed by drilling two shafts at a predetermined specified angle, this system works well at most areas because the reversed v angle creates maximum upward support.
Bell Bottom Drill Pier
This pier type is constructed in place. Special equipment is required to drill a hole at an angle beneath the foundation, it makes use of a special device that expands the bottom of the hole, that is how it gets it’s name.
Pier and Beam Foundation System
Pier and beam construction was extremely popular in North Texas a century ago because of our clay soils and extremes in temperature, especially during the summer. Having a pier and beam foundation allowed the building to “move” with these extremes, without compromising the overall integrity of the structure.
About Pier and Beam Foundations
Pier and beam construction utilizes a series of columns that support the weight of a beam, so the weight is distributed evenly across the entire base of the foundation. The pier may be made of wood, poured concrete, cement blocks, bricks or stone, and sits on a concrete foot either on the ground or below ground. The beam can be comprised of steel, wood or even concrete.
Over time, piers can deteriorate – especially ones made of wood — and must be repaired or replaced. Since the beam holds the structure in place, repair or replacement must be carefully planned before starting.
Problems Unique to Pier and Beam Foundations
Much of our business consists of pier and beam foundation work. One of our specialties is repairing historical homes that were built before 1930. We are one of the few companies that still install an in-ground site-cast steel reinforced concrete footing under pier and beam structures.
Many older homes have foundation systems that are not performing as designed. Some have Bois D’arc posts or stumps, “stiff legs” which are a 4″X6″ section of beam between the ground and the beam (very unstable as the soil sinks and swells) or have foundations that are too old and have failed.
Unlike slab repairs, each pier and beam repair is unique due to the varied ways they are constructed, so pricing is different on each job. Let us come out and give you a free inspection and give you a firm estimate of costs.