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Structures begin to move and sink when the soil that the footings set on becomes unstable. When long periods of dry soil conditions exist, the soil shrinks and compresses and this will allow footing to sink as this compression takes place. If the footings are able to sink far enough to crack then movement can take place in the structure constructed on this soil. In some cases the footing may have been poured in what is called “plastic soil” or soil that remains soft and can continue to move affecting the structure built above it. When the footings crack, segments of the structure can begin to move independency of the rest of the structure and these sections can begin to move and sink. As the sections begin to move they will also begin to lean out at the top resulting in wall cracks.

Piering: About


Piering is the installation of a new support system installed under the existing footings and going deeper into the ground to keep the structure in place. A hole is dug below the damaged footing to allow for the new pier leg to be installed under (not alongside) the existing floor. A hydraulic pump then pushes our solid filled (no hollow) steel pier leg segments down to bedrock or a solid formation (hydraulic push measured by psi (pressure per square inch). When the proper pressure range is recorded on the pressure gauge the pier legs are in place. Then the steel top support platform is put in place and jacks are installed to stabilize or lift the damaged area back up in place. The jacks are then removed and the pier areas area backfilled and the permanent support system is in place.

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