Looking at the outside of many Plano, Texas homes, owners don’t require foundation repair using concrete piers, but often underpinning is necessary. If their houses are shifting inside, or they see indications of other issues, work may need to be done. The causes of foundation issues can create complications that will require concrete pier foundation repair.
While the Plano weather continues to be warm, aggressive tree roots can be a problem because they need water. That’s because the water that they lose when it’s hot can cause issues that affect the house.
Due to numerous water concerns, Plano property owners aren’t free to use water anymore. Because aggressive tree roots are always searching for moisture, the exterior area around the foundation is a likely place for them to find water. When moisture is collecting in the soil outside, the soil expands and this affects the foundation, decreases foundation stability and causes the foundation to shift. This is something you can view when you’re checking your foundation. This contributes to foundation problems in and around Plano.
Since concrete piers are very popular for both interior and exterior use in Plano, property owners often install them under or around foundations. In order to resolve problems, a concrete pier is installed and hydraulically drilled into the ground. This can be done to solve interior or exterior issues. Concrete piers are typically installed 8-12’ into the ground, and support the foundation. It doesn’t matter whether an interior support is needed, or ones that go around the outside. You can tell when looking at them. The amount of concrete piers used will have to be determined.
While concrete piers are sometimes not used in favor of pressed steel piers, they are common. Other methods of repair may be used, as well. Since steel piers are very expensive and still require jackhammering the inside of the house, concrete piers (which are approximately 6” in diameter) are most often selected. These pilings are installed at a PSI of 3500-6000. This ensures that they are drilled deep enough to be effective.
Property owners will want to learn more about it and see for themselves. When performing foundation repair, especially with cylinders that are 10” long, it’s good to know that concrete piers work. The number of cylinders to be installed will vary, however it’s not uncommon to require 15-20 concrete piers when repairing Plano foundations at any time.
If you need piers on the interior or exterior of your house, schedule a free HD Foundations estimate online. Or, just call ….