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Why choose our screw piles?

From backyard residential work to larger commercial assignments, Torsion Screw Piles has experience in all types of projects and strives to provide our customers in Calgary with a reliable product that exceeds expectations. We understand that each installation is different, and each installation is assessed individually for guaranteed satisfaction. We believe our customer service is what sets us apart. From the first point of contact to installation, we’re always happy to take the time to ensure we provide industry-leading workmanship and customer service.

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Screw Piles Calgary, Installation Services

What are Screw Piles?

Screw piles or helical piles are a steel ground anchor that are used for foundations. Consisting of a steel pipe with a helix on one end, screw piles are installed by turning the helix into the soil like a screw. When installed correctly screw pile foundations don’t disturb the soil. And unlike concrete footing, provide a building foundation that can be built on immediately after they have been put in. Contact us to learn more about how you can use screw piles for your project.

 

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Our Process

Torsion implements a comprehensive five-step process that ensures safe, efficient, and quality installations. We believe in our process, but our experiences shows us that each project comes with its unique challenges. In response, we have taken significant steps to ensure that we fit our process to your specific installation requirements.

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 How are your screw piles installed?

To install screw piles we use a specialized drive head attached to a small skid steer. The drive heads we use are specifically designed to install screw piles. Proper installation is done by turning the helix of a screw pile into the ground using high torque while maintaining a slow speed. The slow rotation of the helix through the soil maintains the least amount of disturbance to the soil, maximizing foundation stability. The piling is turned into the earth like a screw until satisfactory torque and depth is achieved.

How deep do screw piles need to go?

When using screw piles for a foundation in Calgary we start with a 10′ long pile. Screw piles are installed until the required depth and applied torques are achieved. If these engineered requirements are not met at this depth, then extensions are use until the helix reaches solid soil.

Frost jacking also known as frost heaving is a common issue for foundations in regions with colder climates. Due to the long and cold winters that we experience in the Calgary region, shallow foundations are prone to this issue. Because we are starting with a 10′ pile, we can ensures that the helix of the piles go far deeper than the frost line. Doing so prevents the occurrence of frost heaving from happening.

How large is your installation machine?

The skid steer that is used to install screw piles for decks and sheds is 36″ wide and is on rubber tracks. This machine can access most residential yards in Calgary. And in dry conditions our machine can be used on grass with minimal impact to your landscaping.

Do you need a utility locate to have a screw pile foundation installed in Calgary AB?

A large part of our process is safety. Ensuring the safety of our crews, our customers and the neighborhoods we work in is our top priority. We require a valid Alberta One-Call utility locate be done before our crews arrive on site to perform pile installation. Alberta One-Call locates are FREE and required under The Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code, the Alberta Electrical Utility Code and the Alberta Pipeline Regulation.

Does Alberta One-Call locate all of the utilities?

Alberta One-Call only locates the underground lines owned by the utility companies. Any private lines owned by the property owner will need to be located by a Private Line Locator. These line locators will flag: water lines running past the water valve, sewer lines and any power or gas lines running to secondary buildings like garages, shed and shops. Having all utilities located prior to having screw piles installed is the responsibility of the property owner.

How far do screw piles need to be from the utility lines?

Piles must be installed a minimum of one meter away from any underground utility line. If a screw pile is to be located within one meter of a utility, that line must be exposed by an approved method so it can be visibly seen by the screw pile installer.

How long are utility locates valid for?

Alberta One-Call utility locates are valid for 30 days. We cannot provide screw pile installation outside of this 30 day period. Home owners and screw pile contractors are no longer covered by the insurance o the line locator if a locate ticket is expired. If your utility line locate has expired you will need to reapply for a new ticket before your screw piles can be installed.

Our Work

Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to work with countless Albertans and provide the foundation for many of their projects. Whether it’s laying the groundwork for a deck or patio project or giving support for garage pads, grain bins, and much more, we believe in our workmanship, and we’re proud to show off our results.

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Serving Our Customers

Torsion screw piles provides the best screw pile service in Calgary. We do this by providing short scheduling lead times and quality work to each of our customers. It’s through our years of experience in the industry that our team can provide you the best service every day.

How far out do you need to book screw pile installation?

Even in peak season Torsion Screw Piles can schedule piling installation within 1-5 business days. Valid utility locates need to be verified before scheduling can be confirmed.

How do you verify the quality of your work?

Using the right equipment for the job is key. During the installation of screw piles the applied torque is monitored. This torque reading tells us the condition of the soil that the pile’s helix is being turned through. Applied torques indicate the maximum load capacity of each pile. Reports with torques and capacities can then be created and submitted to municipalities and engineers for approval.

Our Work

Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to work with countless Albertans and provide the foundation for many of their projects. Whether it’s laying the groundwork for a deck or patio project or giving support for garage pads, grain bins, and much more, we believe in our workmanship, and we’re proud to show off our results.

View Examples

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Serving Our Customers

Torsion screw piles provides the best screw pile service in Calgary. We do this by providing short scheduling lead times and quality work to each of our customers. It’s through our years of experience in the industry that our team can provide you the best service every day.

How far out do you need to book screw pile installation?

Even in peak season Torsion Screw Piles can schedule piling installation within 1-5 business days. Valid utility locates need to be verified before scheduling can be confirmed.

How do you verify the quality of your work?

Using the right equipment for the job is key. During the installation of screw piles the applied torque is monitored. This torque reading tells us the condition of the soil that the pile’s helix is being turned through. Applied torques indicate the maximum load capacity of each pile. Reports with torques and capacities can then be created and submitted to municipalities and engineers for approval.

Our Company

A strong foundation is the most important part of any project, and that is why Torsion Screw Piles focuses on providing the best customer service possible. For almost a decade, Torsion Screw Piles has proudly provided screw pile supply and installation in the province of Alberta.

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