What you need to know about mini piling

The Prevention and the cure

Making your building structurally sound is the most important consideration when planning a new build or rectifying an old one. The type of support you afford your building will depend on its load. Naturally, the heavier loads need to make use of more sophisticated foundational work.

Shallow Foundations vs. Deep Foundations

Before we can truly understand what mini piling is, we need to look at the different types of foundations. These different types can be split into two categories. Shallow foundations are foundations that provide structural support to buildings at a limited depth near the earth’s surface.

On the other hand, deep foundations are used to transfer the support to a structure further down in the earth’s surface. Deep foundations are used in different circumstances. One of the most common instance is when constructions have heavier loads such as skyscrapers.

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Mini Piling vs. Piling Techniques

Mini piling and piling correspond to the needs of the structures they support. If a heavy structure requires support at a deep foundation, they may make use of regular piling techniques. As the nature of piling revolves around heavy-load structures, they are usually reserved for industrial and commercial uses. Mini piling on the other hand is more diverse and is used on structures requiring support at shallow foundational levels. It is a sought-after method because of its numerous convenience perks compared to more daunting and messier underpinning techniques.

Now we know where it is used, what does it involve..

Micro piles are inserted into the shallow foundation of a construction at identified areas of weakness or strengthening need. This may require the use of tools such as screwing machinery, impact drivers, or rotary drills. The piles themselves can have a diameter ranging between 6 cm-20 cm. The correct diameter needed will be determined by the structure of the building, as well as the current foundation composition.

There are a number of advantages to mini piling. This includes being an economic and convenient option due to manufacturing of maneuverable and purpose-made equipment for these tasks. Mini piling can also be carried out with limited disruption and an ability to accurately target the most vulnerable areas of a structure. As this method is not as disruptive as other underpinning techniques, it is particularly useful in areas of restricted access or of environmental importance.

How Do I Know if My Property Qualifies for Mini Piling and Who Can I Trust?

To understand if your structure qualifies for the more convenient underpinning method that is mini piling, you will have to consult an experienced team of construction experts. Do not let the reduced mess of mini piling convince you that this is not a big job. Alike all underpinning techniques, they should only be carried out by qualified and industry-leading specialists. We have an array of mini piling experience and can support you in supporting your home. Just give us a call at your earliest convenience and one of our friendly team will be happy to help.

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