At Douglas Foundation Services, our goal is to promote healthy contractor/homeowner relationships as well as see to it that you have a long and worry-free experience with your repaired foundation. Rest easy that Douglas Foundation Services shares in your goals and wants you to feel confident about your foundation repair project in every way possible.
There are three primary foundation repair options for your slab-on-grade home.
There are multiple types of foundation piers and piering systems for repairing slabs. Most companies will tell you theirs is best. The truth is, most systems and foundation repair methods installed correctly have a very successful track record. Most engineers understand that some systems work better in certain areas than others, but will agree that pressed concrete cylinders work great as foundation piers, so do steel piers and drilled piers for your Austin foundation repair.
BEST foundation repair option " HELICAL PIER SYSTEMS
A helical pier is a steel pier that is screwed into the ground, similar to an auger bit. These piers do not displace the soil. They burrow down into the ground. We think Helicals are the best choice in piers to replace invasive and expensive drilled-bell bottom concrete piers.
BETTER foundation repair option " PRESSED STEEL PIERS
This type of pier works well in areas where bedrock can be reached. It is more expensive than pressed concrete cylinders, so many firms sell fewer pressed steel foundation piers than your home might need, spreading them too far apart so the bid can be accepted.The advantages of steel foundation piers are that they are less invasive to the property to install. They go deeper than other systems and they are installed in a minimal amount of time. The disadvantages of steel piers is that they are expensive. So often they are spaced too far apart. They need to hit bedrock so they are not appropriate for all areas. They are not installed under the foundation, but on the side of it and they are corrosive.
GOOD Foundation Repair option -Pressed Concrete Piers
We like concrete foundation piers made of pressed segments of concrete cylinders. This type of repair system is the most widely installed in Texas. The concrete cylinders can be solid or have 5/8" holes in the middle. Pressed pier advantages include: Being very reliable, the most cost effective system, are installed relatively quickly, they are installed beneath the foundation, not next to it and can be installed under the interior of structures to create as-built level condition to the slab. Pressed cylinders install with minimal damage to the landscape. Some of the disadvantages of pressed concrete piles include: They do not provide up lift resistance similar to bell bottom piers and they can be a slightly more invasive installation than steel piers.