Straight Pier and Bell Pier Drilling

Pier drilling is an effective way to provide a strong and secure foundation for a Bay Area structure, especially in areas where the ground is less stable. As its name suggests, pier drilling consists of creating a shaft in the ground which is bored with specialized machinery, after which it is usually filled with concrete to add strength and stability to the foundation. This kind of drilling or excavation can be at normal depths or it can involve deep foundation drilling, when extra depth is needed to reach stable ground for a larger structure. Continue reading “Straight Pier and Bell Pier Drilling”

When to Use Helical Pier Drilling

Helical Pier drilling in the Bay Area and Sacramento can be thought of as a system which uses anchors to secure structures to the ground when soil conditions are rather challenging, and where the usage of a more conventional foundation system is not indicated. These piers consist of a steel shaft with helicals that make it look like a very large screw, and help to secure any structure tied to it. It is especially useful for drilling where there is unfavorable ground conditions. Continue reading “When to Use Helical Pier Drilling”

Preparing Your Site for Excavation!

Before any Bay Area home or office building can be constructed on a given site, excavation and site preparation must take place. Without this important precursor to construction, it would be impossible to install an appropriate foundation upon which any permanent structure should be built. Continue reading “Preparing Your Site for Excavation!”

Pier Drilling 101

Pier drilling is a very common technique used in construction for the purpose of supporting structures above ground, which is especially important in the California and Sacramento area. These regions are prone to seismic activity which can cause frequent shifting of the ground beneath different structures. Drilling piers are essential in such areas for providing stability where the ground is subject to move or shake. It can literally prevent the collapse of many homes and businesses! Continue reading “Pier Drilling 101”

Types of Deep Foundations and Their Uses

Poor soil conditions at shallow depth, huge design loads, and site constraints such as property lines can make a deep foundation a better option than one that is shallow. Deep foundations carry building loads to more competent strata that are down too far below the ground level, preventing the surface conditions from affecting their base bearing capacity. They usually go beyond 3 meters below the finished ground surface. Continue reading “Types of Deep Foundations and Their Uses”

What is a Helical Anchor? When to Use and The Benefits.

A Helpful Summary of Helical Anchors

There are a number of situations where standard solutions can not be applied to your foundation project. For example, the foundation may be exposed to moisture for an extended period of time. Also, the soil conditions may prevent the use of standard foundation systems. In such cases, deep foundation solutions such as helical anchors should be utilized. So what is a helical anchor and how will it help? Find out below: Continue reading “What is a Helical Anchor? When to Use and The Benefits.”

How to Identify Home Foundation Problems

A home’s foundation is its first line of defense against the elements. When a foundation is strong, then the whole structure has a high level of integrity. In order to make sure that your building stays strong, there is a need for regular inspections. This kind of action enables you to detect small glitches and plug them before they get out of hand. However, it is hard to get there when you don’t know the signs that raise the red flag. Continue reading “How to Identify Home Foundation Problems”