JulianConstruction.com: When Do You Need Helical Piles?
The purpose of a foundation is to support and spread the weight of the structure that sits on top of it. A foundation can become damaged due to poor soil conditions, moisture and foliage. Foundation problems can lead to cracks in walls and tiles, bowed walls and sloping floors. It can even become difficult to open and shut windows and doors.
Julian Construction founder Julian De La Torre stated “One solution to stabilizing foundations is the installation of helical piles, also referred to as screw piles. A helical pile is a steel shaft with blades attached in a spiral pattern, similar to a wood screw. The pile is attached at the foundation on one end, and screwed into the ground on the other. Not only do they stabilize a structure, they can also increase load bearing capacities in a retrofit, which is often needed if you’re planning on structural additions.”
“Think of it like the difference between walking through snow in regular shoes versus wearing snowshoes. In regular shoes you just sink into the snow, but in snowshoes, your weight is spread out over a larger area, stabilizing you and allowing you to walk on top of the snow. For stabilizing foundations or retrofitting to increase load capacity, Helical Piles are installed along the foundation at affected locations. Special brackets are added as needed and secured to the concrete foundation. A pile is then screwed into the soil and connected to each bracket. Tightening the nuts on the vertical bolts of the bracket secures the load,” concluded De La Torre.
Alan, a recent customer stated: “Julian Construction is the only company you should call to retrofit your house. Not only did they do a great job, but they made us feel like we could trust them to make our house safer for the next earthquake. They did so at a very competitive price. The Julian team was here ON TIME (something like 10 guys showed up) and proceeded to complete the job as promised. They also did not want a single penny until the job was completely finished and the permit approved by a city inspector. The clincher was that they are fully insured with liability insurance and workers’ comp.”
Julian Construction owns its own company and is built on a “no middlemen” model – no salesmen, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323 733-3377, by fax at 323 733-4477 or via their website, www.julianconstruction.com. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog.