Helical Piers: Back to Basics

Magnum Piering provides a wealth of information for industry professionals. Our helical products and literature and resources are largely geared toward design professionals, engineers, and installation contractors. Nevertheless, part of the reason why Magnum Piering has such a large collection of resources is because we take foundation repair seriously. We want everyone to be educated on foundation repair, not just industry professionals.

Many of our blog posts oscillate between being geared toward professionals and nonprofessionals. In this ongoing blog series, we will be providing information that will be useful for the professionals in order to meaningfully engage with the nonprofessional. This series will be getting back to the basics, and we will begin with a discussion of one of our most important helical products: helical piers.

The Foundations Of Helical Piers

It can be difficult to explain the basics of helical piers to someone who has never encountered the world of foundation repair before. So, what, exactly, are helical piers?

The first thing to note here is that buildings, including homes, are built on a foundation. The nature of foundations can vary, of course. But one thing that is inevitable is some degree of foundation settling, which is basically the structure sinking further into the ground than it should be. When this happens, helical piers (as well as other helical products) can be an ideal option to prevent the foundation from settling any further.

You might also hear the phrases “helical piles” and “screw piles” being used interchangeably with “helical piers.” In general, these terms will apply to the same helical products. As far the specifications of helical piers, let’s turn to that now.

Helical Piers: The Specs

Helical piers are long shafts, typically made from steel, that have round helix-shaped plates that provide support. Helical piers are rotated into the foundation, with the helix plates generating axial thrust, propelling the shaft further into the ground. Like a screw going into your wall, the helical piers are propelled into the ground below a particular structure.

After the helical piers are driven into the ground, a bracket is typically attached to the pier and the foundation wall. This all acts to further stabilize the foundation and prevent further settling. Helical piers are more standard for homes and other structures that don’t have as heavy loads. In any case, helical piers have gained popularity over the years and have become one of the helical products of choice by engineers, especially for residential projects. Helical piers offer a variety of benefits, including lower noise, minimal ground vibration, and a lack of drill spoils.

Magnum Piering and Helical Piers

Now that we have gone back to the basics with helical piers, you are in a better position to explore many of the other helical products offered by Magnum Piering. The helical piers from Magnum Piering are capable of handling capacities of 250 tons and higher. Our products are made from the highest-quality materials, and with high production rates, you never have to worry about our products being late to your installation site. Our helical piles also make it so that they can be installed in conditions with low headroom.

As a company that’s been involved in foundation repair for nearly four decades, you can trust that Magnum Piering offers products and services that are unparalleled in the industry. We take seriously helical products and all things foundation repair.

We hope that his has provided a refresher (or an introduction!) to the foundations of helical piers. Don’t forget to check out our collection of literature and resources to learn more. And, as always, feel free to contact Magnum Piering for more information.