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3 Great Uses for Helical Piers

Helical piers, also known as helical piles or screw piles, are innovative foundation support systems. According to Builder, an online housing industry resource, piers have a 7-foot shaft with a helical bearing plate. These engineered steel piers feature helical plates that are welded to the end caps to provide high stability to any structure. Here are three great ways to use these to your advantage.

1. Retaining Walls

A helical pier is a great way to stabilize a retaining wall. Retaining walls are often used in residential and commercial applications to reduce erosion, as they are designed to hold back soil and water. The helical pier can be used to add even more stability to these functional walls, reducing the risk that they will succumb to pressure from shifting soil.

Helical piers can be used on existing walls to add stability, or they can be used in the construction of new walls. As a retro-fit, they are placed behind the existing wall. On the other hand, they can be used as part of the wall foundation in new construction.

2. Outdoor Structures

These types of piers offer a versatile solution for constructing decks, gazebos, docks, and other outdoor structures. Consider using these piers to support outdoor structures that need surefire weight-bearing capabilities. The helical plates on the piers allow for better load distribution and easily resist lateral forces. They are ideal in waterfront environments, sandy areas, places with loose soil, and even wet marshy areas, as they minimize disturbance to landscaping and are easy to use.

3. Foundations

These piers are commonly used to provide foundation support for both residential and commercial buildings. Whether you're constructing a new building or dealing with a settling foundation, these piers offer a reliable solution. They are installed deep into the soil, bypassing instability and reaching the stable strata.

Helical piers provide immediate stability once installed. They can be used to repair existing foundations or in new construction. As a retro-fit for repairs, they offer the unique benefit of bypassing excavation to a property.

Helical piers can be used in a wide range of applications, including setting light poles, temporary structures, and tower foundations. If you'd like to learn more, call ATK Duluth today! We can get you started with a quote.

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