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Monday, April 26th, 2021 by Chelsea Bowen
Have grand plans for a new deck or addition? Think twice before your pour! Many homeowners and contractors choose to support decks, cabins, and porches by pouring concrete footings. While sturdy, these concrete supports almost always end up sinking and shifting within a few years, causing the structure they are supporting to drop or shift. Instead of concrete, imagine a permanent solution to supporting smaller structures. The DBS helical piering system is your ticket to foundation support the smart way.
The ground beneath our feet shifts from season to season. Soil types, cycles of freezing and thawing, and groundwater movement often result in foundation settlement. For smaller structures like decks, porches, boathouses, and small cabins, the results can be dramatic from season to season. So instead of installing heavy, concrete supports that will settle and move over time, DBS digs deeper with helical piers!
Pouring new concrete supports or adding supplemental wooden beams may offer a temporary solution, but the structure will only continue to shift and settle in the future. Our team often begins foundation repair projects by excavating large concrete sonotubes. These concrete supports weigh hundreds of pounds and are often too heavy for the topsoil to support them. For a permanent solution to the problem, DBS recommends helical piers, designed to transfer the weight of the structure to load-bearing soil or bedrock. Great for lighter buildings and new construction, DBS installs helical piers for home foundation support, cabins, boathouses, sinking decks, and porches, as well as home additions.
The steel shafts have helix plates and are installed like a gigantic screw, twisting as they are driven into the soil by heavy machinery. This installation is fast and effective and can be performed in a variety of weather conditions, unlike concrete piers. In many cases, helical piers not only offer permanent support but can also lift a sunken foundation back to its original position once the installation is complete. Once installed, our helical piers have a 25-year warranty against factory defects.
Wondering if helical piers could work for your next project? Schedule a free, no-obligation estimate with one of our foundation repair Design Specialists at 1-855-259-9625, or fill out our Free Estimate Form here.