Helical Piers

pic-helicalpiersVisible structural damage to the inside or outside of an existing building is usually a sign of foundation failure. You may notice cracks in brick, tile or floor slabs. Walls may be bowing in or leaning out. Windows and doors may stick. Trim and molding may be misaligned. There are many factors that can cause this damage to your home. Hot, dry conditions and decomposing organic material can cause soil to settle, leading to cracks in a structure. Tree roots can outgrow their spaces and creep under foundations, causing them to buckle. Leaking water lines or poor drainage can soften soil, caving it in below foundations. And sites that were improperly prepared initially can also have inherent stability problems. No matter what the cause of foundation failure, Childers Brothers, Inc. has the solution.
Our helical piers can be used to stabilize moved walls and restore foundations to stable positions, permanently securing them in place again.

How do they work?

Helical piers are hydraulically driven into the earth, down into the solid soil strata below. Proprietary brackets are attached to the concrete foundation at intervals in the damaged area. A jack lifts the foundation to the required position. It’s then firmly bolted to the bracket, which permanently transfers the structure’s load to stable strata.

Repair to the foundation may result in either stabilization (no further movement) or the foundation returned to the pre-settlement condition. Many factors will determine the final outcome but usually is limited to the integrity of the structure.

Childers Brothers, Inc. is Effective, Efficient and Qualified in the World of Foundation Systems. With over 40 years of experience in the foundation repair business, Childers Brothers, Inc. has determined that the helical pier is a superior product for addressing settling of your home. We have researched and installed many other pier systems and have found the helical pier to be the most effective product in this area for addressing foundation failure issues.

Childers Brothers Inc. Installers are trained and certified in the proper installation techniques.

All of Childers Brothers’ installers that install helical and resistance piles have been thoroughly trained and certified to ensure that the foundation repair is done correctly- to maximize support and the longevity of the product. All of our helical products comply with the latest building material codes and are tested to meet the ICC-ES AC358 Evaluation of Helical Foundation Piles and Devices.

All of Childers Brothers’ installers that install helical and resistance piles have been thoroughly trained and certified to ensure that the foundation repair is done correctly- to maximize support and the longevity of the product. All of our helical products comply with the latest building material codes and are tested to meet the ICC-ES AC358 Evaluation of Helical Foundation Piles and Devices.

Childers Brothers, Inc. has been installing helical piers since the 1970’s and there is a certain peace-of mind that comes with knowing that the foundation system provider you select has a history in foundation repairs that spans over 40 years.
Childers Brothers, Inc. Helical Piers are made in the USA and mill certified. With a traceable heat code, every one of our parts, from the smallest nut to the largest pile, is made with properties guaranteed to meet the ASTM Steel Material specifications. Steel that doesn’t meet these strict strength, content and quality standards are not accepted. And all final products, unless otherwise specified, are hot dip galvanized in accordance with ASTM A-153 or A-123 specifications.

The manufacturer of our pier has rigorous inspections and high expectations. Random helices and extension bars are torque tested weekly by the manufacturer to ensure that they meet compression and tension load requirements. Steel wall thicknesses, drilled holes and welds are checked throughout the fabrication process and pile leads are stamped with a traceable welder identification mark as well as both of their matching extensions. So you can be 100% sure that our products will meet your high expectations, too. Once again, quality inspection standards set Childers Brothers apart from the competitors, providing a solid choice for your repair needs.

Our pier system is engineered to keep you on solid ground. Our pier system is designed to eliminate disturbance to surrounding homes and businesses. Helical piers are hydraulically screwed into the ground causing minimal soil disturbance and no pressure on existing structure. Push pile piers on the other hand are hydraulically pushed into the ground using the weight of your home thus putting tremendous unnecessary pressure on the existing structure. Piers are installed by a trained and certified installer to a solid soil strata. Hydraulic pressure is continuously monitored to determine depth of solid soil strata. Unlike other pier products available our system puts no stress on the homes foundation and slab system during the installation process so there is no risk of damage to the existing structure from using the weight of the home to push concrete cylinders into the ground. Because our installation process, we have a 2:1 safety factor which allows you to move furniture, have people over without concern of pier failure that is common with the push pile and the 1:1 ratio of that system.

A helical pier correctly installed by trained professionals will always give you the peace of mind that your biggest investment is on stable soil and protected from protected from settlement.