First, we send a professional foundation repair specialist to your house for a thorough structural inspection both outside and inside the residence. We use a Zip Level altimeter to measure elevations throughout the home to confirm the visual inspection data we gathered. After reviewing all data and coming up with a Root Cause Analysis for the problem at hand, we will sit down and explain all options to repair only what is structurally needed to permanently stabilize your home. We will take the time to carefully review all data in a way that makes sense. Be wary of other companies’ scare tactics used to sell additional piers.
After the scope of work has been approved, our well-seasoned, professional crew will begin the first steps of protecting your biggest investment. We will lay out the locations for the piers to be installed and begin excavating at each location. We take exceptional care to protect your lawn, landscaping and vegetation. We are able to tie back trees and bushes rather than remove them and replant later which often results in loss of life of the plant or bush. The holes we dig are 16” wide by 20” deep. These holes are very small compared to 4’x4’ holes needed in concrete pier installation which needs to be big enough for a person to crawl under the house for installation. Unlike concrete piers, steel piers cut through soil like a hot knife through butter to reach bedrock.
Once excavation is complete, we place the steel bracket which we fabricate in our shop under your foundation and prepare to push steel pipe through the bracket using our hydraulic pump. We use the same oil stem pipe that has been used for hundreds of years in the Texas oil fields. We push our pipe down in 4’ sections using 1’ couplers allowing pipe to travel to the maximum depth needed to reach bed rock or load barring strata. Unlike concrete piers, which rely on blunt force to create resistance, we surgically cut through to bedrock, resulting in vertical movement of your home
Next, we setup 22-ton jacks on each pier and prepare to lift the house back to as close to original elevation as possible. We use a measuring device on the outside of the house as well as using our Zip Level altimeter on the inside to fine tune the lift. Once the house has been lifted we check all measurements compared to elevations from the time of estimate and review all structural cracks to identify a successful lift. Once our team has lifted the house, we then lock in the pipe and bracket using our lock in system. Our system makes for the best results during the transfer of weight. After all piers are tightened, we release the pressure from the jacks, transferring the weight to the piers while verifying that there was no movement during this process.
Finally, is time for the cleanup process. Our team is methodical in this part of the job because we believe in leaving each property in a better condition than when we arrived. We start off by cutting off all steel pipes that may be sticking out of ground. Next, we cover up the hole using the soil we placed on the plastic sheets, and then compacting the soil with a large heavy duty tamper. When this is complete, we wash down the sidewalks and driveways, porches and all areas that may have been effected by our work. We leave the house looking clean and in order. Lastly we will come to your door and walk you through the whole process and leave all final documentation of the work that was done. One of our managers is on site at all times, from the pushing of the piers tothe final clean up. Aside from your newly stabilized home, you will never know we were there. Call us today for a free estimate.