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Micropiles

WHAT ARE MICROPILES? WHY ARE THEY USED? HOW DO THEY WORK?

Micropiles are long, complex steel rods that are driven deep into the ground or horizontally into cement, to permanently ensure the most cost-effective, high-performance way to attain long-term stabilization. They have the capacity to handle any home, building or berm, up to 1,000 tons.

They can be easily implemented, even in areas with low overhead space, or other places with limited accessibility, like basements and crawl space configurations.

Benefits of Micropiles

  • Implementation in confined spaces
  • Bypasses layers of stone and bedrock easily
  • Variety of installation methods
  • Works well, regardless of the ground (including inclined surfaces)
  • Highly stable
  • Vibration-resistant option
  • Existing Structures
  • New Structures
  • Tests can be performed on-site before final implementation
  • Low noise operation
  • Lightweight
  • Encased in steel
  • Grout and Rebar capable

The Installation Process

Step 1

As preparation, the micropile is drilled into the soil, in a rotary fashion.

Step 2

Rebar and/or grouting are also inserted. The grout will solidify, and then the steel is adjusted to fit.

Step 3

The Micropile is adjusted and then completed, in whatever final ways are needed.

Step 4

To test the strength and functionality of the Micropile, final tests are performed.

Push Piers

When an existing home is drastically settling, sinking, or placed on unstable soil, Push Piers are applied. Push Piers are fastened to the side of a foundation, and then hydraulically “pushed” down vertically through the soil, all the way straight to bedrock.

The Piers push against the firm substratum and then the house lifts, like a hydraulic jack lifts a car. Once the house is lifted, it is fixed into place, permanently securing the foundation and home.

Helical Piers

When a home sits on too soft of soil, and needs to be secured tight to the ground, and also the foundation conditions are not conducive for micropiles, Helical Piers will be installed.

These large steel “screws” are made up of round, steel shafts, with cork-screw like plates. This immense downward, rotating force tightens the house into the soil, so that it can be permanently affixed, strong and secure.  

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