The push pier system
Are you in need of an effective way to lift your home back to its proper place with minimal disruption to your property? Push piers may be the answer!
Our push pier systems are made of steel and are driven deep into the soil beneath a foundation to solve settlement problems. Push piers can be installed inside or outside your foundation walls and are not visible once the repair is complete.
In many scenarios, push piers not only stop settlement but also lift the foundation back to its original position, closing cracks and improving window and door operation.
Our foundation push pier systems include a 25-year warranty against manufacturing defects, as well as our own performance warranty.
Our push pier system is the permanent solution you need. Call us for a free push pier installation quote today! We serve Orlando, Oviedo, Deltona, and many nearby areas in Florida.
How foundation push pier systems work
To install a push pier system, soil is first removed to expose the foundation footing where the pier will be driven. A heavy-duty steel bracket is then installed below the footing.
Next, rugged, interlocking steel pier sections are hydraulically driven through the bracket until bedrock or stable soil is reached. The weight of the home is then transferred through the piers to this load-bearing soil.
Once this has been completed, your foundation contractors may attempt to lift the foundation, elevating the settled foundation back to its original position.
Once the homeowner and installing contractor are satisfied with the stabilization or amount of lift, the soil can be backfilled. The structure is now permanently stabilized in its new position.
Our push pier system
As with any family of products, there are good, better and best options. When you’re talking about investing in your home’s structural stability, it’s a good idea to go with the best.
Along with their corrosion-resistant design that includes galvanized steel and a 25-year warranty, the push pier system also includes a patent-pending external sleeve.
This external sleeve is designed to strengthen the push pier directly below the foundation bracket, which is the most critical location for added structural support.
This external sleeve will strengthen the push pier and prevent the kinking, buckling, and rotation that is commonly seen with other push pier systems.
Installing our foundation push pier system
The Push Pier System permanently stabilizes foundations that are damaged by settlement. Our warrantied solution can be installed on your foundation in four simple steps:
Preparing the foundation footing
For an outside installation, the soil around your foundation must be excavated so that the footing is exposed. For an inside installation, a section of your slab floor will need to be removed to expose the footing. The slab will be restored after the installation.
A section of the footing will be prepared for each foundation pier so that the pier is supporting the wall directly, and not simply lifting the section of the footing that extends beyond the walls. This makes for the strongest installation.
Securing the foundation bracket
A steel bracket is secured to the foundation footing at each pier location.
With push piers, the foundation bracket is installed before the piers are driven into the earth. This allows the push pier to take advantage of your home’s structure, stabilizing the pier as it is advanced deep below your foundation to competent soils.
Installing steel piers
The hollow steel piers are installed in sections, or extensions, that are connected to each other. One at a time, each extension is driven down through the bracket until strong supporting soils or bedrock are reached.
These steel piers are the strongest component of our foundation pier system, and are responsible for transferring the weight of your structure to competent load-bearing soil. Our foundation piers are available with a galvanized steel design. These piers are corrosion-resistant, for long-lasting durability.
Stabilizing and restoring the foundation
Once all foundation piers have been installed, the settlement of your foundation will be permanently halted.
At this time, we will determine if the foundation should remain at its stabilized location or be lifted back to its original position. Following this final stabilization, slabs are repaired and soil is replaced to totally hide the repair.
Why our push piers are the best
The reinforced push pier system we use at Florida Foundation Authority provides extra support to ensure stability.
The push pier system is engineered to handle the heaviest structural loads. As the weight bears down on the foundation bracket, the bracket exerts great pressure on the pier directly beneath the bracket.
This is the most critical point of stress on a foundation push pier system, where extra strength in the pier helps the most. Our push pier system includes a steel sleeve that extends from the bottom of the bracket, reinforcing the pier at this critical point.
The external sleeve strengthens piers during installation as well, which prevents the kinking, buckling, and rotating that is commonly seen during the installation of other push pier systems.
Because push piers are installed adjacent to a foundation footing and not directly underneath, the weight instead bears directly down on the bracket, and the pressure is then transferred down to the pier itself. Engineers refer to this effect as eccentricity.
Because of this eccentricity, all pier systems see the greatest level of bending stress directly below the bottom of the foundation bracket. Installing a steel sleeve on the pier directly below the bracket is a cost-effective way to effectively strengthen your entire pier system.
When to use foundation push piers
- Year-round installation
- Warrantied for 25 Years
- Galvanized steel design available
- Below-grade solution — not visible after completed installation
- Piers reach greater depths than any other repair option
- Can lift foundation back to original position
Because push piers are driven all the way to bedrock or a stable soil layer, they are often the least risky solution when local soil conditions are unknown. If your goals are as follows, then push piers are the option for you:
- You need the best opportunity to lift your home back to its original position.
- You’d like minimal disturbance during installation.
- You’re looking for a fast, effective installation.
- Restoring your property value is a priority.
However, if you’re installing foundation piers on lighter structures such as stoops or decks, a solution such as a helical pier might be more effective than a push pier. This is because the structure may not be heavy enough to drive the push piers to sufficient depth to support your structure.
Are you looking for local foundation contractors in Florida?
At Florida Foundation Authority, our team of in-house foundation experts has warrantied solutions for structural issues related to settling foundations of all types. Our foundation push pier systems include a 25-year warranty against manufacturing defects, as well as our own performance warranty.
If you would like a free foundation push pier installation quote, we’re ready to help you! Call or e-mail us today to schedule an on-site consultation and written quote!
We’re proud to serve Orlando, Oviedo, Deltona, and many other parts of Florida.
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