When living in a coastal area such as New Jersey, you may look to protect yourself from potential flooding, water damage, structural decay, and many more structural threats. A great way to help nullify one's chances of experiencing these inconveniences is to raise one's home with helical pile foundations.
This means using screw piles to physically raise one's home to avoid any new structural damage. Piles offer deep foundational stability that has many advantages over traditional methods, such as being less invasive and easier to install. And due to their true helical shape, there typically aren't spills to dispose of after the installation. We encourage you to continue reading about helical piles and how they can help you maintain a healthy, lasting foundation.
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Helical piles are another form of deep foundation shaft, using helical bearing plates to distribute weight deeper into the ground, often where there is better soil or bedrock. Helical piles and piers are helical anchors used to stabilize when traditional foundation anchors don't suffice.
Specifically, a helical pile is a round shaft, usually made of steel or concrete, with helix-shaped plates attached near the bottom that can transfer tension or pressure into the soil. We typically install helical piles using a hydraulic torque motor and an excavator or crane. It also can be screwed into place using rotary hydraulic attachments, which is why other names, such as a screw pile.
The helical pier works similarly but has spiraling plates that anchor it more securely into the ground for added stability. With helical piles and helical piers, you can achieve tremendous strength and stability quickly and cost-effectively.
Helical piles are a deep foundation solution for a variety of situations. As their namesake suggests, helical piles work by screwing deep into the soil an extendable steel shaft with blades or "helices" along it. This helps transfer building loads from existing structures deep into the ground below, providing robust and reliable support.
In addition to this primary function, they are also used to provide resistance against incoming forces such as those produced by wind, water, and seismic activity. With virtually no noise or vibration when installed and their low time and labor consumption, helical piles are becoming a go-to for many civil engineering and construction projects worldwide.
Here we've listed a variety of applications in which we use helical piles:
As structural experts in our industry, we've had extensive experience repairing deep systematic foundations using helical piles/piers. These supports have quickly gained popularity as an affordable alternative to traditional timber/push pile repair. However, knowing which plan is right for your property can be easy with the proper knowledge of deep foundation and shallow foundation systems.
Helical piles offer more versatility when it comes to installation and can be installed in much tighter areas with limited access than other types of foundations. On the other hand, helical piers provide superior performance because they have spiraling plates all along their length, rather than just a few plates at the bottom like helical piles.
Helical piles are often found in deep foundation systems to provide anchor points for structures such as decks, porches, and retaining walls. Helical piers are typically used in shallow foundation systems when the soil can't support the weight of a building on its own. Both helical piles and piers are excellent for stabilization and repair applications. Still, it's essential to consider the particular conditions of your job and choose the right foundation solution.
Call us today for an estimate if you're considering a helical pile or pier for your project! We'd be happy to help you determine the best system for your needs!
The process begins by excavating around the perimeter of the building or at the location needed to lift. The next step is to install steel beams connected to the building's foundation with brackets and jacks. These steel beams will support the structure's weight while being raised. Once the building is secure, hydraulic jacks lift the house slowly and evenly about two feet off the ground. The jacks remain in place while the new foundation is built.
The new foundation comprises helical piles driven into the ground to a depth that will support the weight of the lifted structure. A licensed engineer will determine the number of helical piles and their size based on the importance of your home and the soil conditions. Once the helical piles are installed, they are connected to the steel beams with brackets and then tightened down. Lastly, we remove the hydraulic jacks and lower your home onto its new foundation.
While we mainly use cheaper and more limited support options, like the push pier, in heavier construction projects. However, helical piers are uniquely versatile in their ability to be used in compression and tension systems. Therefore, these are used with a wide range of light and heavy residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal structures.
This engineered solution offers the unique benefits of fast all-weather installation, immediate loading capability, and no vibration. Hale Built Group has extensive experience installing helical piers in various conditions, including confined spaces and low-overhead areas.
Call us today to find out how we can help with your helical pier project.
Helical piers are ideal when one notices the shape and structure of their walls or floors are suffering from structural damage. This damage can include, but is not limited to:
|Sinking or Shifting Floors|
|Difficult to Open Doors & Windows|
|Structural or Foundation Damage|
|Angled Pier Installation|
When installing a helical pier/pile, we only use a small hole (12 inches or fewer in diameter) during excavation. This is in contrast to other repair methods that require extensive excavations (often the size of the home's foundation). The small excavation footprint of helical piers/piles results in little soil disturbance and can usually be completed without damaging landscaping. The installation process is also much quieter than other piling methods.
The first step is to contact a professional to have your home, its foundation, and the supporting soil inspected. We offer a consultation with Hale Built Group's experts to assess your property and determine the best solution. Then, one of our certified engineers will visit your home or business and thoroughly analyze the foundation.
We'll consider the age of the building, the type of construction, any recent additions or renovations, and the property's location. After gathering this information, we test the ground around your home's foundation to determine if the soil can support the structure's weight; and, if not, what type of pier system would be best suited for your project.
Indeed, both helical piers and helical piles are often the preferred choices for most foundations. It's popular because of its rapid installation time span, load-bearing versatility, and applicability inside and outside the home.
However, they don't come without their inhibitions.
As the piers are drilled into the soil, the strata below must be dense enough to support the total weight of the load it bears. It also requires a spaced enough area for the screw system to be correctly installed.
Luckily, helical piers are much more flexible than push piers for allowing broken footings, the cost of installation, and reusability. You've read that right; the piers can be moved to another foundation section and reused to save time and money!
Living in a coastal area like New Jersey demands a proactive approach to safeguarding against flooding, water damage, and potential structural threats. Hale Built Group, a certified Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB), Home Improvement Contractor (HIC), and Small Business Enterprise (SBE), specializes in helical pile installation for home raising, offering a pragmatic and multifaceted solution to protect your coastal property.
Our certified expertise employs screw-like piles to elevate homes, effectively minimizing the risk of fresh structural damage and reducing vulnerability to flooding. With a strong emphasis on deep foundational stability, our helical pile installations provide numerous advantages over conventional methods. These minimally invasive, corrosion-resistant piles undergo rigorous load-testing, ensuring proven structural support and lasting resilience for your coastal home. Trust Hale Built Group's certified solutions to enhance the safety, longevity, and value of your property.
When you choose Hale Built Group for your helical pile installation needs, you won't just be getting reliable and quality service. You will also benefit from our customized solutions to fit your project's varying demands. Our experience and commitment have enabled us to excel in the fundamentals and consistently create innovative new strategies to give each client the best possible experience possible.
Contact us today with any questions or inquiries, and let us assist you with your helical pile needs.