Driven piles are steel or concrete support elements installed beneath a building's foundation. They transfer the structure’s weight onto a more stable and resistant layer of soil or rock. Driven piles are hammered into the ground using a hydraulic hammer and are designed to withstand heavy loads. When installed correctly, driven piles provide a durable solution for strengthening foundations.
Building your house on hydraulically driven piles can help prevent foundation damage. Here are some concrete advantages of driven piles for your construction:
1- Quick and Efficient Installation
Driven piles can be installed rapidly and efficiently, reducing costs and construction time. They are particularly effective as their installation does not create vibrations, which is crucial for historical buildings and century-old houses that could be damaged by excessive vibrations.
2- Prevention of Soil Movements
Soil movements, such as settling, expansion, or contraction, can cause foundation damage. Driven piles can help prevent these movements by providing additional support under the foundation. Driven piles allow the building’s weight to be transferred onto a more stable soil, reducing soil movements.
3- Reduction of Moisture Effects
Moisture is another factor that can cause damage. When the soil becomes saturated with water, it can swell and cause soil movements. Driven piles can help reduce the effects of moisture by keeping the foundation above the groundwater level, minimizing the risks of moisture-related soil movements.
4- Reinforcement of Unstable Soils
Certain types of soils are more unstable than others and can cause foundation damage. Clay and sandy soils are particularly unstable and can shift under the weight of the building. Wet clay soil can absorb significant amounts of water and expand, while it shrinks and cracks in dry conditions. This constant movement can lead to foundation issues, such as cracks and settling. Driven piles help transfer the building's weight onto more stable soil, reducing the risks of soil movements.
5- Damage Reduction in Earthquakes
Driven piles can also help prevent foundation damage caused by earthquakes. During an earthquake, the ground can shift and cause significant damage to a house's foundations. Driven piles can help reduce damage by transferring the house load from the unstable soil layer to the stable soil layer. This can help prevent cracks and settling and protect the house from structural damage.
In addition to these advantages, driven piles can support heavy loads, are resistant to compression, quick and easy to install, and adaptable to different soil types and conditions.