One of the most common causes of foundation problems is a lack of supporting soil underneath. To restore stability, the weight of the foundation and the structure above must be transferred to stabile, load-bearing soil or bedrock. MDH Foundation Repair does this by employing a systems of long, sturdy steel supports called “piers.” These supporting piers are pushed far into the earth until they’re able to reach stability, supporting layers of earth or bedrock. The existing foundation is then connected to the piers with heavy steel brackets. Now the weight of the structure has been transferred from the weak soil directly underneath it to the strong, stable soil (or rock) around it.
Not all Piers are Created Equal
MDH Foundation Repair exclusively uses Supportworks’ specially-designed, heavy-duty steel piers and foundation brackets. Supportworks’ piering systems are engineered with unique features which improve their longevity, durability, and effectiveness.
Some contractors will recommend old piering technology, like concrete piers. Concrete piers are blunt and wide, so pushing them into the ground is very difficult. Additionally, there’s nothing guiding concrete piers into the ground, itself, so they’re often installed crooked. Lastly, concrete isn’t nearly as strong as steel and will crumble over time. The drawbacks of using concrete piers far outweigh the initial material savings versus steel piers, and may even cost more to account for additional labor charges.