When a foundation has something go wrong with it, problems can start to pop up regarding the facility/building that foundation was meant to support. Sometimes, the foundation can start to collapse or falter due to soil, and other times this can happen because of water. Regardless of the reason, this can cause your home to settle, and eventually, even more damage will start to present itself, like warped frames in the building, or cracks beginning to show up in the surfaces within and even on the exterior of the structure.
However, Rhino Foundation Systems specializes in foundation repair, and our job is to provide quality repairs that will keep a building standing strong for years. Foundation Repair almost always involves two things: Getting your house back to the correct position, and then giving it the physical support it needs to stay at that position. In many cases, this can be done with one material specifically that is widely referred to as a Push Pier.
Simply put, push piers are mostly utilized when foundations start to sink or settle, and they primarily work to prevent further settling of the foundation, but there are many cases where certain installations of these objects have brought a foundation back to its original position, taking away much of the cost for repairs. Much like many other below ground repair tools, push piers work by taking the weight of the foundation and the house, and shifting that weight to suitable soil and dispersing it in those suitable areas so that no further sinking takes place. In some cases, push piers are used with enough strategic placement that they can shift weight down to bedrock, which is easily more than strong enough to support a house, regardless of weight.
There are many types of piers that are used for foundation repair, but when it comes to push piers, there are two main types.
- Concentric Push Pier: Concentric piers are installed beneath the walls of a foundation. These variants of the push pier are designed to shift weight of the foundation and the home all the way down to bedrock. This kind of pier provides more capacity than the other variant we are about to go over as the load is centralized as opposed to being offset.
- Offset Push Pier: Alternatively referred to as the eccentric push pier, this variant of the push pier is the more commonly used option. This is mainly attributed to the fact that they are easier to install. This type of push pier is placed at the side of the building’s foundations, and the structure is not positioned directly above the pier.
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