Advanced Basement Systems Case Studies: Residential Push Pier Project

Monday, December 14th, 2009 by Benjamin Bates


The residence was built in 1975 in a rural setting in the SW Ontario countryside. In 1995, the homeowners decided to add living space to the rear of the main structure. The exterior of the addition was constructed of brick and was supported by a poured concrete foundation. Approximately thirteen (13) years after the construction, the homeowners began to notice signs of settlement on the addition, such as windows becoming difficult to open and close and both interior and exterior cracking. The addition appeared to have settled over 1.5 inches away from the rest of the home.


Advanced Basement Systems installed a total of eleven (11) Foundation Supportworks Model 288 Push Piers along the perimeter of the addition, the two side walls supported most of the weight of the structure. Therefore, three (3) piers were installed on the rear wall and four (4) piers were installed on each of the two side walls. The piers were installed to ultimate capacities of over 40,000 pounds, effectively stabilizing the home's foundation.  The installation was extremely effective in not only stabilizing the structure, but also lifting the foundation back to its original position. The customers were 'extremely pleased' with the results as well as the efficiency and cleanliness of the Advanced Basement Systems crew.

Project Summary

Engineering Firm: GS Engineering Consultants

About the author
Benjamin Bates lives in the Chatham-Kent area and has been involved in the basement, crawl space and foundation industry since 2008. He has a passion for improving homes the right way and knows what it takes to waterproof, encapsulate or stabilize homes in Ontario. He assists with over 900 projects per year.

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