There are several different ways to support a home’s foundation. Concrete piles are long columns, primarily made of concrete, sunk below the ground to support the foundation of a house. Pilings are installed relatively quickly because there isn’t any time needed for curing the concrete. At Ideal Manufacturing Inc., we manufacture drilled-in displacement micropiles and high capacity helical pipe piles and helical anchors. Our displacement micropile units offer many advantages over other systems, including:
- Vibration-less installation, which causes no disruption to surrounding properties.
- No soil removal.
- No removal cost or environmental concerns.
- Positive grout displacement.
- Installation in high water tables.
- Higher capacities for comparable cross-sectional area of steel and grout.
- Lower cost per KIP support when compared to other piles.
- Exceptional capacity.
- And more.
In this blog, we’ll discuss the problems associated with concrete pilings, and why helical units are a more beneficial option for client needs.
In concrete piles, major cracks can affect their quality and reliability. Cracks result in concrete due to poor construction, or damage incurred during transportation and installation. The integrity of concrete piles can provide valuable information about the presence of cracks in the pile.
Voids affect the consistency and quality of the concrete and other pile materials, like cracks. They affect the pile’s load-bearing capacity, as they reduce the effective cross-sectional dimension.
During the casting of the pile shaft in soft clay, necking can sometimes occur. This can be a source of an integrity problem due to the rapid change of cross-section. Necking affects the load-bearing capacity of concrete piles.
Bulging, in some cases, increases the pile’s ultimate load, it is still considered a problem to be investigated. In most cases, pile integrity testing can effectively help identify bulging in concrete piles.
Deficiency of Materials
This occurs because the integrity problems of concrete piles can affect the load-bearing capacity and load distribution properties. Piles and deep foundations transmit top structure loads to the strong substrate through friction and standing on bedrock. This is performed effectively when no major issue is exacerbated by cracks, voids, soil intrusion, etc. The consequences of these deficiencies might be challenging when the top structure stands on a weak substructure. This might vary from partial to significant damage or collapse of the top structure. Integrity problems of concrete piles that have a large diameter can be a significant detriment to the home’s foundation.
What makes Drilled-In Displacement Micropiles Advantageous?
A drilled-in displacement micropile is perfect for achieving high load capacities in poor soils and shallow depths. It takes advantage of the strength of steel and grout, uses small installation equipment, and produces better results than projected in design while producing no spoils. Load bearing soils are displaced and not removed, leading to greater load-bearing, with lesser depth. It has minimal mobilization and demobilization costs, with predictable grout volumes and placement. STELCOR® simply makes sense for any project whether structural, geotechnical, mechanical, and installation. The load test results prove it. To learn more about our Stelcor Drilled-In Displacement Micropiles, contact us at Ideal Manufacturing today.