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The Lowdown on Friction Piles

The piling industry is one of the most versatile yet complex when it comes to construction because there are so many different approaches to take into consideration. After all, each project has its own criteria to follow and targets to meet. Here at Rhino Piling, we carry out a detailed on-site analysis prior to the start of any project in order to ensure that the most suitable foundational approach is applied. Read on as we go over everything there is to know about friction piles…

From the get-go, it is important to recognise that friction piles behave in a different way to traditional piles because they work by utilising the friction resistance that takes place between the pile itself and the soil that surrounds it. This transfers the weight of a structure to the stronger and more robust soil deep within the earth. The idea is that every single pile will sustain an equal amount of weight in order to promote stability and longevity within the foundation.

As a type of deep foundation, friction piles are typically put into place when the soil is free from hard materials like rocks because this allows them to be installed smoothly with little resistance. In addition to this, their design makes them an incredibly sustainable foundational method with impressive longevity on the cards. It also goes without saying that friction piles are adept to withstand heavy loads, making them more than suitable for large-scale structures.

The materials that friction piles are constructed from can depend on the superstructure that they are supporting as reinforced concrete may be suitable for some projects whereas others require the additional support of steel piles. It is the job of an on-site evaluation to determine the soil condition and ultimately decide on the approach that would best meet the needs of a foundation, as well as the budget and timeframe of the client.

A property that isn’t supported by foundation will always be vulnerable to subsidence – the gradual downwards shrinking of the ground’s surface – although this can be prevented so long as you work with a recognised industry professional. The Rhino Piling team are affluent foundational experts and strive to provide longevity and stability with every piling project. To find out more information, get in contact with the best piling Manchester has to offer today!

How to Stay Safe on a Piling Construction Site

When it comes to a practice as labour intensive as foundations, it is important that every worker on the construction site is aware of the basic safety protocols in place. After all, a lot of the machinery and equipment used in piling is heavy and can lead to a nasty injury if people fail to follow the rules. Here at Rhino Piling, we strive to provide a clean and concise service for all of our clients which is why every member of our team is fully aware of the safety measures that are implemented during construction. Read on as we explain how to stay safe with piling in mind…

Hard Hats

It doesn’t matter whether you are constructing a residential home or installing its foundation, every construction worker should wear a hard hat at all times. After all, the head is the most vulnerable part of the body and any falling debris could lead to a nasty injury or even put a person in hospital. It certainly isn’t worth the risk and is a basic safety precaution to bear in mind.

On-Site Evaluation

When it comes to piling, there should always be an on-site evaluation carried out before the commencement of any work in order to ensure that the ground is safe to work on and determine the most suitable type of foundation to implement. One of the most dangerous mistakes in piling is a poor evaluation because installing the wrong type of foundation can be costly, time-consuming and even dangerous, especially when the ground isn’t able to support it.

Equipment Inspections

There is a lot of heavy-duty machinery used in piling and it needs to be in tip-top condition to do its job properly. This means that experts should be called out on a routine basis to inspect the mechanics and provide any necessary repairs. After all, there is nothing more dangerous than poorly functioning equipment or machinery that decides to break-down unexpectedly.

A pile driver can reach a height of around 82 ft which means that safety is of the utmost importance on foundational construction sites. After all, they can certainly do a lot of damage if they aren’t placed on steady and solid ground. As the best piling Manchester has to offer, the Rhino Piling team are the industries safest foundational experts with the know-how and experience to navigate even the busiest construction sites! To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the team today.

The Different Types of Soil Movement

A building is only as stable as the foundation upon which it has been built, however there are a handful of different factors that experts need to take into consideration in order to give a structure the best start in life. Here at Rhino Piling, our team of specialist contractors work hard to determine the suitability of a location prior to the commencement of a project. Read on as we go over three different types of soil movement that could affect the longevity of a poor-quality foundation…

Vibrations

The way that foundations are installed actually contributes to vibration-related soil movement, however this is largely unavoidable. With this said, the hustle and bustle of everyday living can create small vibrations that may cause sandy, gravel-like soil to move around, affecting the foundations that lie within. As an advisory method, many foundational experts use vibration dampening equipment in order to reduce the external vibrations caused to weaker soils when using pile driving technology.

Water

Some types of soil, such as clay, gravel and sand, expand upon coming into contact with water and then shrink again after the moisture depletes. This can have an adverse effect on a foundation if the soil plays an important role in the stability of a building. After all, the repetitive swelling and shrinking of soil will cause it to move drastically and this can put a shallow foundation at risk. In areas with susceptible soils such as these, it is recommended that property owners invest in deep foundations.

Temperature

Following on from the idea above, it is important to recognise that temperature can also cause water to evaporate and thereby lead to excessive soil shrinkage. This is particularly problematic when it comes to clay which is susceptible to both moisture and temperature changes, so if you live in a hot climate where the soil will be baked under the summer sun, or know that a boiler or furnace lives directly on top of your foundation and soil, it may be wise to invest in deep foundations that reinforce weight and provide stability even when temperature changes occur.

Soil movement can leave property owners in a spot of bother because it can lead to subsidence – the sudden sinking of the grounds surface with little to no horizontal motion. It is essential that you act fast when subsidence strikes as it can be devasting to the stability of a building. Deep foundations like piling reinforce the weight of a structure to the robust soil deep within the earth so that minor soil movement doesn’t have an impact. For all your foundational needs, get in contact with the best piling Manchester has to offer today!

The Installation of Foundations in Coastal Areas

There is no denying the beauty of a home on the coast, however these properties are often more susceptible to foundational issues if they aren’t given the best start or neglected from the get-go. After all, cliff edges undergo costal erosion a lot faster than many people presume and a lack of foundation can allow subsidence to set in much faster than it would in a regular building location. Read on as we go over everything there is to know about installing a foundation for a coastal property…

Design Criteria

When it comes to coastal areas, it is important that a foundation is constructed from high-quality, flood-resistant materials that are able to withstand the impact of the coast. In addition to this, the foundation must be able to elevate the property above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE), prevent lateral movement and prevent flotation or collapse in the event of high-waters.

Piling Foundations

The most extreme and at-risk coastal areas are subject to quite significant erosion and flooding which means that shallow foundations are completely out of the question because they are too susceptible to movement and damage from the elements. In fact, experts generally agree that piling is the only way to successfully perform all of the functions listed above, and they can last a lifetime when carried out correctly by a qualified team.

Piles are typically constructed from steel or concrete using pile driving machinery in order to transfer the weight of a property to the more stable soil deep within the earth. This provides stability and ensures each pile bears an even amount of weight, preventing subsidence and/or damage as coastal erosion progresses overtime and makes the soil closer to the surface weaker and vulnerable.

Here at Rhino Piling; we specialise in the installation and maintenance of deep foundational solutions that reinforce the weight of a structure to the stronger soil found deep within the earth in order to prevent subsidence from causing issues later on down the line. In certain circumstances, these approaches could also be applied to coastal areas too. For all your foundational expertise, get in contact with the best piling Manchester has to offer and speak to a member of the team today!

Factors That Influence the Foundation of a Property

Here at Rhino Piling, we understand the importance of a high-quality foundation and work hard in order to provide each and every client with results that will last a lifetime. With this said, there is a lot more to the implementation of a foundation than what meets the eye, and more often than not the intended direction of a project can be swayed by outside influences. Read on as we go over 3 factors that can influence the type of foundation that a property has installed…

Weight

It stands to reason that some buildings are a lot heavier than others and this can affect the type of foundation that is fit for the job. After all, a shallow concrete foundation would not be able to support a skyscraper in the same way that it could support the basement of a residential property. This is an important factor to take into consideration for both new and existing builds because the incorrect foundation could cause a structure to crumble under its own weight.

Soil

Aside from the obvious difference of colour, it can be difficult for the untrained eye to tell different soil types apart. This is a keen skill of those who evaluate construction sites in preparation for a foundation because the soil in a particular area will often determine which foundation is most suitable. For instance, weak soils like clay, sand and gravel can be easily influenced by water so tend to require deeper foundations whereas more robust surface soil may be suited to shallow raft foundations instead.

Slope

Sometimes a property may be constructed on a slope and this makes it a lot harder to install a stable foundation because the soil is already being influenced by mother nature. Typically, foundational experts will opt for stilt footings in these situations in order to reinforce the site and ensure that it doesn’t fall foul to natural soil movement. With this said, there is also the option to ‘cut and fill’ which involves creating a level foundation for the structure to lie on.

A foundation provides stability to a building and ensures that it isn’t susceptible to damage many years down the line. After all, the soil that lies directly beneath the buildings we inhabit today have a lot more power than many people tend to realise! Piling is a foundational solution that reinforces the weight of a structure to the stronger soil found deep within the earth which prevents subsidence and guarantees longevity. For all your piling Manchester needs, get in contact with a member of the Rhino Piling team today!

The Difference Between Precast and Cast-in-Situ Concrete Piles

The piling industry has a wide range of different approaches that are designed with certain projects in mind in order to ensure that a building has the very best foundation in place. After all, traditional driven piles are often impossible to implement in existing buildings which is why underpinning was developed. Both steel and concrete make effective and reliable piling materials, however the latter can be implemented in two distinctly different ways. Read on as we explain the difference between precast and cast-in-situ concrete piles…

Precast concrete piles are made ahead of time and then delivered to a construction site on the day of installation which means that they can save workers a lot of time because they are ready for installation using pile driving technology. On the other hand, cast-in-situ concrete piles need to be made on the field by first digging a hole into the ground using a rotary method, implementing a steel support frame and then pouring in the reinforced concrete before allowing it to set to create the piles. This is a lot more time consuming than the precast variety which means that projects tend to require a longer timeframe to carry out.

With this said, there is a lot more room for error when it comes to cast-in-situ concrete piles because they are constructed with the required depth and soil conditions in mind. In addition to this, they are also less likely to break because they don’t need to be driven into the ground using weight-bearing equipment. Contrastingly, precast concrete piles arrive premade and run the risk of cracking under the pressure of installation, or may be driven into the ground at unsuitable angles depending on the condition of the soil on the particular day of construction.

Here at Rhino Piling, our team work tirelessly in order to provide our clients with a foundation that can withstand the test of time. Prior to the commencement of each project, we will carry out an in-depth on-site evaluation in order to ascertain the condition of the soil and decide which material would be most suitable for the proposed structure. Both precast and cast-in-situ concrete piles provide a strong and reliable foundation and either is often selected as per the requirements of a project and the wishes of the client. For all your piling Manchester needs, get in contact with a member of the team today!

3 Things to Consider When Extending Your Home

The decision to extend your home is not something that should be made on a whim as a lack of
preparation can land homeowners in a lot of bother. After all, extensions are an expensive
endeavour, and it is important to take certain factors into consideration in order to ensure that the
final product meets your expectations accordingly. Read on as we go over 3 things to consider during
an extension project…

Planning Permission

The very first thing that any homeowner considering an extension should do is obtain planning
permission for the build itself. After all, it ensures that the proposed structure will be built according
to certain guidelines and deters unsuitable development, such as a those which may affect
neighbouring properties. Failure to get planning permission could land you in hot water several
months down the line so it should always be granted before work commences.

Building Regulations

Although they may sound similar, planning permission and building regulations are two completely
separate rules to follow when extending your home. After all, these regulations are followed by the
builders and contractors themselves in order to ensure that the finished structure is built with
structural integrity, energy efficiency, fire safety and ventilation in mind. As such, you should always
source a company with a positive history and shown ability to work according to these guidelines.

Foundations

Perhaps the most important aspect of an extension is its foundation as it is essential that every
aspect of a building is supported from the ground up. An extension is essentially an additional part of
your home so it deserves the same foundational expertise as the main body itself as this will provide
longevity from the get-go. Always consider investing your time and money into an experienced and
licensed team in order to give your extension the best possible start.
Here at Rhino Piling, our team are the experts on your side when it comes to foundations for your
home extension. After all, it is vital that any additional buildings that are constructed alongside your
main property, such as a conservatory or garage, have a high-quality and durable foundation in place
as subsidence can have a ripple effect. For all your piling Manchester needs, get in contact with a member of the Rhino Piling team today!

The Hazards Involved in Piling

Although the experts who work in foundational approaches like piling are trained and experienced in the industry and have the necessary qualifications to operate specialist machinery like pile drivers, there are still a handful of risks that must be taken into consideration during each and every project. Read on as we go over some of the hazards of piling that every worker specialising in the industry should be aware of…

Underground Services

Since piling foundations are installed deep within the earth, it is important that there are no obstructions in the way. For instance, cellars, underground pipework and even tunnels could all put the future of a project at risk. This is because it can be impossible to work around them and so the vibrations caused by piling could lead them to collapse in on themselves, putting workers at serious risk.

High-Quality Equipment

A lot of the machinery that is used in piling is heavy-duty and bulky, and it needs to be in order to be able to bear the brunt of the work that it does. With this said, poorly maintained piling equipment that isn’t up to the job can put workers in immediate danger and also result in a botched foundation that will put people at risk further down the line too. As such, all machinery should be inspected regularly.

Soil Suitability

The aim of piling is to transfer the weight of a structure to the stronger soil within the earth, however the soft soil on the surface may pose an immediate threat during the piling process itself. After all, steep gradients and soil movement can make it difficult to install both steel piles and concrete piles safely. The ground should always be inspected for adequate bearing capacity in order to account for this.

It is no secret that construction is a dangerous profession and that is why workers must always wear hi-visibility gear and hard-hats in order to prevent accidents from taking place. With this said, the hazards that the Rhino Piling team face are often more routed towards the process of piling itself. Luckily, we carry out a thorough and exhaustive on-site survey prior to the commencement of our projects. To find out more information, get in contact with the best piling Manchester has to offer today!

Trees and Your Foundation

Here at Rhino Piling, we know how important a stable and high-quality foundation is to the longevity of a building, however, many property owners aren’t aware of how necessary they are. In fact, there are a variety of different things that can cause damage to the foundation of a property that can be easily prevented with routine maintenance and consulting with a licenced foundational expert. Read on as we explain the danger that trees can inflict on your foundations…

In order to understand how trees can damage your property foundations, it is important to understand what subsidence is. After all, both of these components work hand in hand with one another. Subsidence is ‘the gradual sinking or downwards settling of a property’ in response to changes in the soil that it is built upon, and it can be influenced by low-quality or insufficient foundations.

The roots of a tree can extend outwards by 5 metres and have a depth of 2 metres. Their sole purpose is to absorb moisture from the soil in order to retrieve nutrients for their growth and this can present issues when they are located within close proximity to the structure of a property. A foundation should be built in order to transfer the weight of a building to the stronger and more robust soil deep within the earth, however, one that is built upon the weaker surface soil can be affected by moisture changes caused by tree roots. This is because the roots will suck up all the moisture from the soil, causing it to shrink and displace and leave the foundations lacking in the support they require.

Luckily, there are a variety of different ways that property owners can prevent trees and their roots from wreaking havoc. For instance, some problematic trees can be dug up and moved to a more appropriate location where their roots are less likely to cause soil shrinkage, and root barriers can be put into place in order to prevent them from growing nearby. These are made from corrosion resistant materials and essentially provide an extra barrier of protection around your foundation.

Although they may look innocent, the roots of a tree have a lot of strength that can actually cut through the foundation of your property and cause it to collapse. As a result, it is important that you work closely with a qualified member of the Rhino Piling team who can assess the needs of your property and ensure that trees will not pose a threat. To find out more information, get in contact with the best piling Manchester has to offer today!

The Misconceptions about Building Foundations

Here at Rhino Piling, our team strive to provide every client with a foundation that is both cost-effective and durable. After all, the longevity of a building relies on the quality of the foundation that it is built upon. With this said, there are a variety of foundational misconceptions plaguing the internet that can cause property owners, particularly residential homeowners, to make avoidable mistakes. Read on as we set the record straight once and for all…

Myth: Old buildings aren’t susceptible to subsidence

There is a belief that houses and buildings that have been standing for decades are no longer vulnerable to subsidence because the soil underneath has ‘settled’ and adapted to its weight. Both new and old buildings can be struck by soil movement at any point during their lifespan which is why it is important to ensure that their foundation is in tip top condition. In fact, older properties are often considered more susceptible because their structure is weaker and therefore easily influenced by the subsidence caused by movement.

Myth: Foundations aren’t affected by soil type

The type of foundational approach that is implemented often depends on the type of soil that surrounds a property which means that property owners should never disregard the area that they live in. For instance, buildings located near the coastline tend to be surrounded by weaker soils like clay and sand which means that they are more likely to be affected by subsidence and require sturdy foundations to be put in place.

Myth: A building foundation will last forever

Although the foundation of a property can last for several lifetimes when it is correctly installed and manages to adequately reinforce its weight, there is a common myth that they will last forever. Unfortunately, the ground is always changing, which means that there is a high chance that an old foundation may need to be repaired or replaced at some point. Plus, poorly installed foundations can affect their longevity considerably too.

A foundation should transfer the weight of a building to the stronger soil located deep within the earth in order to prevent subsidence from occurring. For all your foundational needs, get in contact with the best piling Manchester has to offer and speak to a member of the Rhino Piling team today!