The Ups and Downs of Helical Piles
When it comes to raising your home on piles for storm protection, you have to go down to go up.
Structural engineer Steve Gencorelli, P.E. of Danbro Distributors, says the CHANCE Helical Piles distributed by Danbro Distributors work like a set of giant screws that anchor your home deep into the ground. He says good, solid soil is about 20 to 30 feet under the surface, but once you get to it, it provides a strong foundation.
"Basically, I like to equate this to screwing into oak wood or screwing into balsa wood," Gencorelli said. "So we have these screws, and it's harder to get the screws into the oak wood than it is the balsa wood. These screws are just slowly screwed into the ground until they get to the harder, oak wood type soil."
Gencorelli says once the system is in place, it's not going anywhere.
"This gentleman had put a concrete pool on the side of his house - on helical piles," Gencorelli said. "And the storm came and removed all the sand, and all you could see there was the helical piles sticking out of the ground."
Visit www.thesandysolution.com to learn more about the benefits of helical pile technology or call 855-477-2121 to speak with a customer support specialist about the simple way to prevent, restore and elevate a flood affected structure with a raised foundation system.