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American Waterworks Case Studies: Helical Piers Repair Foundation in Houston, MN

Friday, November 30th, 2018 by Anne Webbles


Denise R. in Houston, MN noticed part of her foundation separating from the house and some cracks in the block walls of her sinking foundation that were getting larger and widening over time. The soil beneath the foundation was unstable and if left unattended, the entire foundation could eventually fail. While doing her research, she learned that American Waterworks has been restoring foundations for almost 3 decades! Our Design Specialist, Dustin Loftus, assured her that we could lift and support the foundation by installing 3 helical piers. She approved of the proposed solution and moved forward with an installation date. 


Our production crew got to work and began the project with excavating the soil around the home where the foundation started settling and shifting. They placed the bracket of the piers underneath the foundation and then installed the piers with helical plates. These plates help to pull the pier into the competent, supporting soil during installation and provide anchoring strength as the weight of the foundation is transferred to the pier. Helical piers not only support the weight of the home, but they provide the best opportunity to lift a home back to its original position. Denise’s peace of mind has been restored, knowing her foundation is permanently supported. 

Project Summary

Design Specialist: Dustin Loftus

Foreman: Matt Zeller

Installing Contractor: American Waterworks

Products Installed: Helical Piers

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