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Helical Piers

Helical piers deliver a permanent solution to a house’s sinking foundation. Are they right for your home?

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Soil variations across Alberta often cause foundation issues for homeowners. Signs of a settling foundation include sticking doors or windows, cracks in the floors or walls, or uneven floors. But don’t worry, Groundworks offers a reliable solution: helical foundation piers.

Helical piers are robust, reinforcing poles designed to halt and reverse the symptoms of a settling foundation. We might use these either as a standalone solution or as part of a comprehensive foundation repair solution.

Contact Groundworks for a free estimate and learn more about how helical piers could resolve your foundation problems.

Understanding Helical Piers

Helical piers, also known as helical piles or screw piers, serve the same function regardless of the name. These giant screw-like foundation elements are strategically placed underneath the house and foundation to redistribute the structure’s weight and stabilize a shifting foundation.

Helical piers can be installed during new construction to add stability in areas with shifting strata, or to provide additional support for large, heavy buildings.

Our Groundworks team has the expertise to handle foundation issues in any environment, from elastic clay soils to robust bedrock, sandy loam, and beyond. We understand the requirements for providing your home with the steadfast support it needs.

Signs That You Require Helical Piers

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Initial signs of foundation settlement can often go unnoticed for years. It’s easy to overlook worsening cracks or an increasing slope in your floor from one year to the next. However, be watchful for these common warning signs of foundation issues that can be resolved with helical piers:

Inspect your home for these signs. If you detect one or more, even if they seem minor, contact Groundworks immediately to prevent further structural damage.

Benefits of Choosing Helical Piers

Homeowners in Alberta opt for helical piers for several reasons, including:

  • Less Invasive: Screw piers are less intrusive compared to other foundation repair methods, thus preserving your landscaping more effectively.
  • Quick Installation: These piers can be installed quickly, even for serious issues, reducing the typical inconvenience of foundation repair.
  • Environmentally Friendly: Our helical piers are made from durable steel, which is more environmentally friendly than concrete.
  • Versatile: Helical piles are suitable for various types of soil and environmental conditions, and can be applied to both new and older structures.
  • Cost-Effective: While the total cost of foundation repair depends on the problem’s severity, helical piers are generally more cost-effective than other long-term foundation solutions.

The Groundworks Installation Process

Our team uses a systematic approach, honed over many years of installing helical piers to address foundation settlement. This ensures your house remains safe from further settlement issues. Here are the steps we follow:

  • Site Assessment: We conduct a thorough evaluation of the property to identify the exact foundation issue and the optimal locations for helical pier installation for the best support.
  • Excavation: We dig only where necessary, preserving as much of your landscape as we can.
  • Pier Installation: We employ specialized hydraulic equipment to install each pier to the correct depth. The piers penetrate the top strata, reaching the more stable soil beneath, and sometimes even the bedrock.
  • Foundation Stabilization: After installing all the piers, we carefully shift the structure’s weight onto the piers, instantly stabilizing the house. We then make minor adjustments as needed, aiming to restore the floor to its original level.
  • Site Restoration: Upon finishing the installation, we restore the site, leaving no trace of our work. This leaves you with a more stable home and improved curb appeal.

Why Trust Groundworks With Your Helical Pier Installation

While there are many options for foundation repair in Alberta, Groundworks stands out for its lasting results and trustworthy service. Drawing from our extensive experience in foundation repair throughout Alberta, we utilize top-notch tools, materials, and techniques to ensure long-term stability for your home.

Choosing Groundworks offers you:

  • Experienced, Professional Service: Our team of seasoned professionals prioritizes customer satisfaction through efficient and reliable solutions.
  • Customized Solutions: Recognizing the uniqueness of each home, we recommend foundation repair solutions, such as helical piers, tailored to your home’s specific foundation issues and surrounding strata.
  • Commitment to Satisfaction: Your satisfaction is our success. We go the extra mile to ensure you are pleased with our foundation repair service.

Reach Out to Groundworks for Helical Piers Today!

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Addressing foundation issues in your home promptly can save you time, money, and stress. A stable foundation maintains your house’s structural integrity and value. We’ve found that helical piers permanently stabilize shifting foundations and allow us to restore the floor to its original level, making repairs and cosmetic adjustments easier and more affordable.

The Groundworks team possesses the expertise to implement screw piers as a permanent foundation solution. Contact us today to schedule a free, comprehensive evaluation. It’s a crucial step to safeguard your home’s foundation with our reliable helical pier system.


Yes, helical piers can be used in a variety of soil types, offering a versatile solution for homes nationwide. They’re also suitable for homes with different types of surrounding soil.

Helical piers are often more cost-effective than other foundation repair methods, making them a suitable choice for budget-conscious homeowners.

With annual maintenance and inspections to ensure their ongoing effectiveness, a helical pier foundation repair system can last for several decades.