What is Piering & How Can it Help My Foundation?


Have you heard another homeowner talk about piering of a foundation but weren’t exactly sure what that means?

A concentrically loaded push pier is a structural, steel pier that is pushed deep into the ground to add stability to the foundation. A push pier can be installed deep into the soil all the way to stable strata or bedrock to support and stabilize the structure. The pressure of the weight from the home above and the solid strata beneath helps hold the piers in place, regardless of soil or ground shifting. Foundation King installs the patented Kingpin Piering System, which is a concentrically loaded, double- walled steel pier. A concentrically loaded pier is installed under the center line of the foundation wall and not bolted to the side. Being concentrically loaded eliminates lateral loading experienced by offset piers which causes foundation walls to bow in and offset piers to fail.

Replacing a foundation entirely can be extremely expensive, so using push piers is a far more affordable option to stabilize your foundation.  Piering does not require invasive renovations and can be installed quite quickly, giving you the peace of mind that you need to know that your foundation is secure. And Foundation King offers a lifetime warranty that is transferable when you sell your home, so the next owners can have the same peace of mind!

So, how can you know if push piers are the best solution for your home?

The first indication is to determine the type of structural damage in your foundation. For example, if your foundation is sinking, you notice cracks in your foundation or drywall, or have doors or windows that aren’t opening or closely properly, chances are that your home needs stabilization. Push piers can help in this case if the damage is not too severe.

If you do notice any of these issues, we recommend contacting a reputable foundation repair service for a free evaluation. Push piers are a great way to add support, but they are not always the best solution for every home. You should only consult with a well-rated, trustworthy foundation expert who will let you know the ideal solution for your home’s specific needs.


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