When faced with settling, broken concrete floors in your basement or garage, slab piers can solve the problem.
Steel helical piers are installed into the soil under the slab to transfer the weight of the slab to competent load-bearing strata (soil) or bedrock. Once the piers are installed, you can also lift the slab back to a level position.
Slab piers allow you to fix your settled slab quickly, without the need to remove the existing slab and any walls in the area. Heavy-duty steel brackets are attached to the failed slab and steel piers driven beneath to stable soil strata. Utilizing hydraulic equipment, the concrete slab is lifted to the appropriate level, stabilized and the bracket is removed.
Some Advantages of Slab Piers
- Concrete floors can be leveled and stabilized without replacing the concrete
- Installations can be performed year round and do not require the use of heavy equipment
- Can be installed in limited access areas
- Cost effective solution
Why concrete sinks...
There can be many reasons as to why concrete sinks: improper compaction of soils during or after the building process, water intrusion from bad drainage, and natural settlement.
Soils consist of solid particles and the spaces (voids) between these particles. However, void spaces in soil can cause big problems for buildings and concrete slabs. Concentrated loads, such as buildings or slabs, can literally squeeze air and water from soils. When this happens, the soil sinks and the buildings or slabs follow closely behind.