Our SuperJack Piers

You have several pier types on the market for both homeowners and commercial property. Our Super Jack Piers are designed by our firm and can come with an Engineer Certification Seal that can offer homeowners peace of mind and increased property value.

There is only one company in the area that has SuperJack Bell Housing Piers and it is Mr. Foundation Engineer and Mr. PowerSlab They do not rust like steel piers and have a life span up to 100 plus years!

super jack piers logo There is only one company in the area that has SuperJack Bell Housing Piers and it is Mr. Foundation Engineer and Mr. PowerSlab They do not rust like steel piers and have a life span up to 100 plus years!

Before you read, you should understand that your footing under the residential property is usually one piece that sits under the entire home either below the brick, wood, siding or whatever type of wall you have. This footing is usually smaller than commercial grade and 24 inches or under. Most we see are usually 16 to 18 inches but you need to know in some cases. If you put a pier under this footing and you have a crack in the footing, or the piers are spread out too far, this can cause a pivot motion and put to much stress on a footing that already is giving your home problems. It is very important to utilize a company who truly understands pier systems and not just out to sell you some piers telling you that it comes with a lifetime warranty. Read below to learn more. We are not saying some systems are bad but, some pier systems should not be used under your home’s foundation. Before you spend money, get the facts.

  • There are many types of pier products a salesman will often try and sell you if you are a homeowner and you should understand what type of system you need before you spend money that could be a waste of money.
  • How do Steel Pier systems work? – These are usually 2.5 inches to 3.5 inches in diameter and fit either under the footing of the home or attached to the side of the footing under a home. This should ever be used if you have a drainage issues in some cases and the other problem most homeowners do not find out until it is too late is if your footing is actually cracked under the ground which the salesman or someone doing the foundation inspection has not actually done a soil sample 4 feet to 20 feet down in the ground by digging around the footing to see any cracks there is no way the eye can see below the ground if there is a crack. Think about it this way, if the footing is cracked, once the hydraulic machine starts pushing up on your footing and it is cracked, it can often make the home shift and literally break into around that area because one part of the footing will pivot and move while the other is being pushed by the pier system and you could be out up to $20,000 dollars or more having to replace just a section of footing as well as other parts of the footing around the home because the steel pier system is so small in diameter and does not really hold the weight of the home spread out giving the entire footing ample support. A steel pier is pushed by depth and a salesman will usually tell you they are going to bedrock. The problem with telling a customer that without doing any soil sample testing is that you never really know what you hit with the pier. It could be hard pan clay, hard shale or rock and rock can move from heat pressures under the earth pushing up. In fact, did you know many times the pressures are so great they can move several inches over time and if your pier is on that, your home may move. Many foundation engineers will argue this and even foundation repair companies will say this is not true but in theory, our educated process is gaining traction in many States and many experts are starting to actually ask our advice on this matter for a resolution. Some company’s like a steel pier better because it can be done faster and with fewer crew members pushing three to five piers at a time. Sometimes faster is not always better especially when dealing with foundation problems.
  • How do Pressed Concrete Piling systems work? – They are usually 6 inches in diameter and about one foot in length. they usually weight about 25 pounds a piece and pushing them in the ground as a push pier system works in the same way as a steel pier only they are pushed using a pressure zone so to speak and not to something hard. In theory, the more pressure you build up by pushing the pier in the ground and deeper you go, once you sit the footing back down on the pier and tie it off with shims, it has a better chance to offer support to your foundation problem. There is a catch though, when pushing the pier, your technician has to use just the right amount of PSI (pounds per square inch) because if you put to much pressure on your homes footing you can crack it. If you don’t get enough pressure then you have not put the push pier system in the ground good enough and stabilization will not happen. Once again, if you have a cracked footing then you can still damage the footing system and make the home tear apart. They are pushed one at a time per hydraulic machine and takes a lot of knowledge to get the pressure just perfect. You can’t put to much pressure on the footing above yet enough to get just the right amount of resistance the home foundation footing needs to stabilize.
  • How do you know if the footing is cracked? – The only way to find that out is excavate the area all around the home and see what kind of shape the footing is in. This is extensive and a lot of homeowners do not want to invest the time or money to do so and figure the salesman who works for the foundation repair company knows their business and is happy with the lifetime warranty they tell you will come with the home and it is even transferable. What they do not tell you is, each time there is a problem, they have to come out and tear the ground up again and start all over. This can lead to even a bigger problem because any adjustments they make can put more pressure on the footing that has already been moved and jarred and the last thing you want to do is keep moving something you had problems with in the first place because the footings are usually only 12, 14, 16 and in some cases 24 inches thick. If you have a drainage issue under ground, you can’t see or a drought and then get moisture in the ground and it goes into those cracks in the concrete footing, you have now opened up a new can of worms. Excavating and doing exploratory surgery so to speak is the only way to know for sure and place the piers every 1 to 3 feet to give ample support while pushing piers in the ground while making sure you have several machines pushing up on that footing.
  • How do Helical pier systems work? – These types of piers are screwed down in the ground. They can be a good source of stabilization as long as you get the right kind but used mostly in commercial work. If the wrong system is used, they do have a weak point sometimes where they connect and can break off if to much torque is used or they hit too much resistance.
  • How do your SuperJack Bell Housing Pier Systems work? – The Bell Bottom Pier is quite different then the Bell Housing Pier as a hole is drilled down in the ground usually 4 foot to 18 foot or more, concrete is poured down in the hole with steel and letting it sit to form a solid structure then sitting the footing on top of this pier and attaching it to the bell bottom pier. This is a great system as long as you make sure the company designs the end of the system to not wobble and stay stationary. This is quite hard to do because when you drill a hole, it is almost impossible to make the end super wide. There is a way to do this we have designed. You have to go deep and super wide to get the foundation support you need or it will not last. We have a free packet on all the systems you can have for free by contacting our office.

Northwest Arkansas to include Fayetteville Arkansas 479-689-4302

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This is one of just many types of steel pier systems. You will see there is brackets welded to the pier and a base system. Some company’s will say the steel is galvanized and will last but we have seen in many cases if there is a moisture problem, they can rust the first couple years in the bracket system causing major foundation damage.

These are 12 inches long and 6 inches wide. They are pushed in the ground with resistance not by depth. They can be very good unlike what you read on the internet. They have some bad reviews online but those reviews are usually wrote by foundation repair company’s why just want to sell a steel pier system because they can push 3 to 5 steel piers fast and quick where you can only push one pressed concrete piling system at a time.