Case Studies: Greensboro, NC- Ranch Home Stabilized Using Helical Piers

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 By Jaimie Hooker


Challenge

The windows along two sides of this home were starting to pull out of their frame and exterior cracks developed along the brick veneer. This home was built on a slab and one corner was settling due to unstable soils. North Carolina experienced a minor drought after many months of rain, which caused the soil to shrink and the foundation to settle. The Greensboro, NC homeowners were in need of a permanent solution before their foundation problem got worse.    

Solution

After a thorough evaluation from a Structural Engineer, System Design Specialist, Trevor Lord, designed a permanent solution that would stabilize the settling foundation and prevent the home from moving further. Per the engineer’s recommendations, Tar Heel Basement Systems installed (12) helical piers to stabilize this sinking home.

The foundation team began the installation by excavating the yard to expose the home’s footer. Tar Heel Basement Systems’ helical pier system has a true helix design, which performs a vital role in providing the downward force, or thrust, needed to advance a pile (or pier) to the bearing depth. The piers are mechanically advanced into the soil to the recommended depth & capacity. 

Once each pier reaches stable soil, the heavy-duty foundation bracket is installed and secured to the home’s footing. The weight of the home was then transferred to the helical pier system providing immediate stabilization. The excavated dirt was then returned and a layer of fresh grass seed was spread. The homeowners were able to have their home permanently stabilized without major disruption to their property. 

Project Summary

Engineer: Summey Engineering Associates, PLLC

Installing Contractor: Tar Heel Basement Systems

System Design Specialist: Trevor Lord

Products Installed: (12) Helical Piers- Model 287

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.