Foundation Stabilization and Repair/helical piers for house being built


I am starting to build a house.  The construction foreman said the soil is a sandy consistency.  The house is approx. 1800 sq feet 2 stories with 2 car attached garage.  Around how much should I expect if I had helical piers installed before the foundation is placed in Ohio.

multi-flyte pipe pier
multi-flyte pipe pier  

pier extensions
pier extensions  
      New construction piers for a standard residential home are normally placed 10' on center around the perimeter and under and internal bearing walls. You'll need to layout the installation grid on your building plan design to come up with the number of piers.
      Piers which are going to be bearing loads in sand will often require 2 or 3 flights in order to properly support the load and also prevent the piers from reaching very deep into the ground...or sinking at a later date ! The deeper the pier goes beyond its normal manufactured length ( with pier shaft extensions ) the higher the cost is per pier.
      Expect each pier to be in the $1300-$1500.00 dollar range for a galvanized multi-flyte pier and adder for extra depth obtained if you exceed a promised depth to be obtained. It would be best to have a structural engineer look at your plans and exact soil conditions in order to design the correct pier configuration for your home and avoid any surprises .
      Pier installers are normally only installers...not engineers.

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       Cleveland, Ohio

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I am the owner of EXPERT BASEMENT REPAIR in Cleveland, Ohio. see WWW.EXPERTBASEMENTREPAIR.COM for more helpful links, pricing and information on repair work and products I can identify the reasons for movement or cracking in home foundations, basements and walls. I am familiar with most waterproofing and water control methods. I am familiar with and have installed Ramjack, Dixie MacLean, and A.B.Chance™ helical and push pier systems, including tiebacks, steel beams, and rod and grout repair and also several carbon fiber stabilization products. I am currently certified for Fortress carbon fiber installation and have performed carbon repair in the greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio region for 14 years. Please remember to tell me what city you live in to help me answer your question up front!


20 years of structural foundation fault identification and most repair and stabilization methods. I introduced Fortress carbon fiber to this region of Ohio 14 years ago. I am always on site and involved in order to monitor each project I am responsible for. I have seen high pressure sales tactics used on homeowners over the years to buy on the very first contact. The most dominant ads on this site are good examples. My experience is that you need to be very careful when having these companies in your home.

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