Underpinning a Foundation: Your Options

Now that you know what foundation underpinning is, it’s important to also learn a little bit more about your options for underpinning your foundation. There isn’t just one method for foundation underpinning. In fact, it’s more complicated than just putting in one type of underpinning style.

In general, you’ll run into two different types of foundation underpinning. Which one will work best for your needs? 

Foundation Pilings

One of the more common methods of underpinning is foundation pilings. Foundation pilings are installed into a stable soil level, often deep underneath your foundation. Because they push down into the soil until they can’t go any deeper, they can certainly provide a lot of support to a home.

The problem with foundation pilings is that they’re installed with a pile driver because they need a substantial amount of effort to sink into the ground as low as absolutely possible. This can cause damage to landscaping or close-lying buildings; it’s incredibly disruptive, and it’s often a difficult process to go through.

JES chooses not to use foundation pilings because they’re such a disruptive method of underpinning. Although foundation pilings can be useful for some buildings, they’re not typically a great option for everyday homeowners.

Steel Piers

JES only personally uses and recommends steel pier systems. These systems don’t require heavy machinery to install, and they can be stronger and deeper than concrete foundation pilings, which can allow your home to start settling again.

With JES, you can take advantage of a few different types of steel pier systems. That may include JES Helical Piers, JES Push Piers, or JES Slab Piers. They also drive into a stable soil level, like foundation pilings, but they don’t have such a dramatic impact on the area around them, making them a safe and secure option.

If you’re considering foundation underpinning, steel piers are probably the right option for you. To start with one of JES’ steel piers systems, contact JES today to make an appointment for your free inspection and learn more.

Foundation Repair Solutions 

As mentioned earlier, if you’re already having foundation problems, you can’t just jump straight into the underpinning process. Underpinning requires a variety of systems to work together properly, and one of those systems includes a strong foundation.

Your foundation needs to remain as healthy as possible. If you’re looking into underpinning, you probably already know that foundation health is extremely important. You should extend that to any foundation repair solutions you may need to take advantage of.

If you don’t already have a strong foundation, underpinning isn’t the right option right off the bat. Instead, you need to consult a JES foundation repair expert. That way, you’ll be able to choose a solution that’s right for you.

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