More and more homes are being constructed today on poor soils, including the ones you’ve heard about in previous chapters. Foundations are moved and pulled across vast and hydro-compactable soils and subsidence, thereby generating shift. Every year thousands of homeowners face the pressures of evaluating and fixing foundation issues. Happily, that means efficient, designed solutions are possible.Interested readers can find more information about them at Kansas City Foundation Piering.
What precisely is there and is it the right solution to the systemic problems?
Since the soil is the source of construction challenges, the first two approaches begin with lifting the weight of the base from poor soils and putting it on the bedrock or more solid surface-these approaches are called push piers and helical piers.
Push Piers are essentially long steel shafts that are forced into fragile surface soils hydraulically through the earth before they hit bedrock or other bearing strata. Technicians may say that the piers entered the bedrock by calculating the hydraulic pressure needed to push the piers into the earth before they hit the depth required by an engineer. The weight of the home is then shifted off the fragile soil and onto the piers by pier brackets mounted to the house’s footing.
Using hydraulics, helical piers are also pushed into the earth thus formed into the earth like a massive screw. They are in reality giant screws that actually keep up a house by the force of resistance. The weight of the house is then shifted onto the piers using the same enduring steel braces.