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.
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 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.
Engineer: Summey Engineering Associates, PLLC
Installing Contractor: Tar Heel Basement Systems
System Design Specialist: Trevor Lord
Products Installed: (12) Helical Piers