Case Studies: Winston Salem, NC Home’s Foundation is Stabilized Using Push Piers

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 By Jaimie Hooker


Challenge

Exterior cracking around basement doors and windows were causing these Winston Salem, NC homeowners to worry about their home’s foundation. The homeowners’ main goals were to have their home stabilized and prevent further cracking along the exterior walls without major excavation.

Solution

After a thorough evaluation from a structural engineer, Tar Heel Basement Systems was able to provide the homeowners with a permanent solution that would meet both of their goals: stabilize the foundation and prevent future cracking.

The foundation team began by digging (8) small holes around the base of the foundation to expose the home’s footing. Once the footing was exposed, the team began the stabilization process. A foundation bracket was secured to the footing of each hole, allowing the heavy-duty steel piers to be hydraulically driven or ‘pushed’ into bedrock or stable soil.

Once each eight of the Push Piers reached the stable soil, the team was able to transfer the weight of the home from the unstable soil through the Push Piers System onto the competent soil. The home was then slowly lifted back up to close the cracks. After the stabilization and lift were completed by the foundation team, the small holes were backfilled and seeded.

The Push Pier System was able to permanently stabilized their foundation without the need of total foundation replacement or major excavation of their yard. The homeowners were delighted to have the integrity and infrastructure of their home secured in just two days!

Project Summary

Products Installed: (8) Push Piers

Installing Contractor: Tar Heel Basement Systems

About the author
Jaimie Hooker is the Assistant Marketing Director at Tar Heel Basement Systems; authoring case studies, technical papers, creating and captioning photo albums and managing website content. She also oversees the organization of video testimonials, shows and events, Jaimie lives in the small town of Madison, NC with her husband, Paul, and 3 year old son, Franklin.