Concrete Pressed Piling

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    When laying the foundation of a house it is important to choose a method that will be both economical and sturdy. Concrete pressed piling is the most common type of foundation repair used and is often the standard method for foundation repair and maintenance.

    The premise of concrete pressed piling is concrete cylinders which are pressed at high pressure using a hydraulic press, and being able to withstand a 6,000 psi. These concrete cylinders can be pushed 50 feet down into the ground and they cut through tree roots in order to provide a solid foundation for any building.

    Concrete piling systems are used for more than just homes, and they are something that goes unseen in many parts of our cities. For example, most bridges that require a high load-bearing capacity have concrete pressed pilings, and oil rigs, as well as other applications, use this method.

    How is it done?

    Before installing concrete pressed piling, it is important to clear away any vegetation in the area. Once the land is clear, access holes are excavated to allow for the installation of piers. During this process, it is important for workers to be aware of electrical cables and pipes under the ground. Once the holes are ready, a concrete cylinder is placed into the hole and driven into the ground using a hydraulic press. The first cylinder is pressed vertically and pressed until bedrock.

    After this, the home is leveled by being lifted with hydraulic jacks, and once this has been done, the jacks are removed and replaced with concrete caps, and the foundation repair process is complete.

    The pros

    There are multiple reasons why you should choose this foundation repair method for your home.  The main reason is the economic value of concrete pressed piling. This method of laying a foundation is cost-effective and also offers long-term stability. It is a method that is easy to install and therefore will cause minimal disturbance to your home life.

    The cons

    There are of course a few downsides to this method that should be discussed. The main obstacle between the use of this method is dense clay in the ground. Concrete pressed piling does not work well under homes with dense clay earth. If this method is to be used in an area of dense clay, it will require warranty visits and cosmetic repairs which can be annoying for homeowners. Stress to the foundation of the building can also occur during this process and this may need further work. This,in turn, will cost you a little more money as well as time.

    If you are looking for a method of foundation repair this year and you are unsure, concrete pressed piling can be a great option. It is an option that is widely available, suitable for most budgets, and will last for a long time once installed. Do some research today and consider how you can use this method of home repair this year.


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