3 Things That Can Affect Piling Foundations

The foundations of a property are more important than most people tend to realise. After all, they have to bear the entire weight of a building for decades at a time and this means that general wear and tear will eventually start to show. In fact, there are also many external factors that can present problems too. Read on as we go through three things that can affect piling foundations…

Tree Roots

Since piles are placed deep within the ground, the presence of trees can be a major setback. After all, the roots themselves also manage to settle into the soil at a considerable depth which means that contractors can discover issues midway through the installation process. In fact, tree roots are actually one of the major causes of weak foundations which is why they should always be removed prior to piling if they are close to the property.

Weak Soil

The aim of piling is to bypass weaker soil in order to place the piles into the stronger and more structurally sound soil below. With this said, bad ground can present a range of issues for a contractor as it often leads to movement. For example, soil shrinkage can actually cause the pile foundations to move during the installation and this may set process back considerably.


It is no secret that piling foundations are a big commitment for property owners, especially when it comes to existing builds, and this means that the available budget can also restrict a piling project. With this said, a contractor will always conduct an in-depth assessment of a property and give the property owner a sum prior to the commencement of work which means there will never be any nasty surprises along the way.

Since piling is considered an invasive process to some property owners, particularly when it comes to small areas, it is understandable why many people are hesitant about making an investment. We recognise the importance of an on-site evaluation in order to ensure that a property is suitable for piling foundations or whether an alternative solution may be more appropriate. To organise a visit from one of our experts get in contact with the best piling Manchester has to offer and speak to a member of the Rhino Piling team today!