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Galvanized Steel Piers in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Myrtle Beach & All of South Carolina

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Mount Valley uses galvanized steel piers because we are committed to providing the highest level of quality for your investment. With over 25 years in the industry, we understand the necessity of providing the most dependable and long-lasting products. We feel that using less expensive, painted, powder coated, or uncoated steel pilings is shortsighted and potentially dangerous for the long-term stability of your structure.

Although powder painted and unprotected steel can last for many years when submerged or buried, it must be FULLY covered, inside and out.

We have all seen images of sunken ships and artifacts that have survived in ocean water for hundreds of years, so why should you be concerned about the durability of the steel foundation piers (also called piles or pilings) supporting your structure? Left unprotected, steel will react with its surrounding environment and revert to oxide compounds (rust), thus consuming the pier in the process. While the outside of the pier is usually in contact with soil, which will provide some slowing of corrosion on the exterior, the interior of the pile is fully exposed and hollow.

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Only the bottom few feet of the piling will usually fill with soil during installation, but the remaining length will fill with ground water and air. In the area where the ground water stops, accelerated corrosion can occur, which can rapidly deteriorate and weaken the steel pile, reducing the useful life by years!

The same type of deterioration can occur with powder painted or spray painted material. These coatings are usually sprayed on and don’t provide complete coverage inside and out. Corrosion will lift the coating over time, rendering its protection useless.

Our galvanized steel piers are put through a Hot Dipped Galvanizing process that completely submerges the entire product in a liquid coating of Zinc. Every part is protected, even recesses, sharp
corners inside pipes, and inaccessible areas.

Our galvanized coating has a unique metallurgical structure which gives outstanding resistance to mechanical damage that may occur during transport and installation. This coating provides a cathodic or sacrificial protection to small areas of steel exposed through damage. Unlike paint coatings, small damaged areas need no touch up.

Our galvanized coating utilizes state-of-the-art technology and evidence of our commitment to protect your home’s value. Our purpose is to continue to bring you, the customer, complete satisfaction and peace of mind knowing that most foundation repairs made to your home are backed by Mount Valley’s TRANSFERRABLE LIFETIME WARRANTY.

 

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