3 Reasons to Consider Using Helical Piling for Your Structural Foundations

If you are an engineer or construction manager seeking a quick, effective solution to repairing and reinforcing an existing foundation, helical piles might make ideal options. They are types of prefabricated deep foundation piles with spiral blades along their shafts. These piles can be used in numerous projects and offer numerous benefits, including.

Offer Quick Installation  

If you are working on an existing structure or reinforcing a structural foundation, time is essential. Because of this, helical piles make an excellent choice for your project, especially if you want to make expedited corrections to a structural foundation. Generally, the equipment used in other construction projects can also be used for helical pile placement. That means you don't need to outsource specialised equipment. Since the installation process is straightforward, it doesn't require an additional workforce, apart from the equipment operator and an extra worker to drive the helical piles to the ground.

Reduced Environmental Impact 

Most construction projects are labour and space-intensive, with some causing traffic blockages and work slowdowns within the area. However, the installation of helical piles helps eliminate these problems. Unlike soil excavations that require extensive digging and earth moving, helical piles do not result in soil cuttings. Consequently, this keeps your construction site clean, with minimal clean-up needed afterwards. 

Furthermore, since you'll be driving these piles straight into the ground without specialised equipment, there will be little noise pollution. These piles only produce minor vibrations, making a significant difference, especially when working on delicate structural foundations. In cases where there are existing buildings, daily operations can continue normally even with helical pile installations proceeding. Consequently, this doesn't cause disruptions to other businesses in the area. 

Guarantees Foundational Stability on Loose or Poor Soil Structure

The quality of soil has a significant impact on a construction project's success. For sites with loose or low N-Value soils, laying a foundation can result in a considerable shift. Consequently, this results in sagging floors, cracked walls and drainage concerns.  

Helical piles are a perfect solution for loose soils due to their ability to compress the existing soil, exerting tension to alleviate potential shifting. Through load-bearing dirt displacement rather than soil removal, and the addition of grout to the helical piles, the piles automatically fix themselves in place, preventing the shifting of adjacent soils. 

These are the three advantages of using helical piles in your construction projects. Apart from allowing quick installations, they cause minimal environmental impact while guaranteeing foundation stability to structures erected on loose or poor soils. 

Get in touch with a contractor for any questions about piling.