From Evolution to Revolution

Older technologies and techniques represented the right options for their times. Today, however, if your foundation repair contractor is not using the Cable Lock™ ST Plus System, you (and your home) are “settling” for less than the best.

 

Other Foundation Repair Methods

Concrete Pad

Concrete Pad

Advantages

  • Quick and inexpensive

Disadvantages

  • Shallow depth
  • Moves as soil moves
  • Short–term solution

Drilled Piers

Drilled Piers

Advantages

  • Adequate solution when properly installed
  • Depth can be verified
  • Soils can be visually checked
  • Concrete can be steel reinforced

Disadvantages

  • Most failures caused by improper installations
  • Soils are not properly identified
  • Takes 2–4 weeks to complete installation
  • Can cause expensive loss of plants due to long installation times
  • Same design used for all structures

Helical Piers

Helical Piers

Advantages

  • Performance in tension and compression allowing for both foundations underpinning and wall anchoring
  • No concrete needed
  • Wide variety of applications

Disadvantages

  • Steel shafts have strength limitations
  • Pier buckling
  • Load of the structure cannot determine depth requirements
  • Corrosive soils can have long–term affects on steel shaft
  • Bracket does not always fit

Driven Steel Piers

Driven Steel Piers

Advantages

  • Speed and ease of installation
  • Load can be tested
  • Depth can be achieved

Disadvantages

  • Material costs are high
  • May require break–out of a portion of the foundation footer
  • Potential future material corrosion

Simple Pressed Pilings

Simple Pressed Pilings

Advantages

  • Depth requirement can be determined by load of structure
  • Soils are tested during pile driving
  • Concrete tested under load it is supporting
  • Concrete cylinders allow for a quicker job

Disadvantages

  • Problems getting below the weather affected zone in difficult soils and on light structures
  • No reinforcement allows buckling

Cable Lock Plus

Cable Lock Plus

Advantages

  • The best solution for foundation repair available today
  • Combines the advantage of the bell-bottom pier with the convenience of the pilings
  • Support and rigidity of this procedure make it superior to other foundation repair methods currently available
  • Reliability allows the installer to give a lifetime guarantee

Disadvantages

  • NONE

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