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How Does Mini Piling Work?

The foundations of a property are put in place in order to stabilise the structure and ensure that its weight is spread evenly as a lack of support will wreak havoc several decades down the line. In fact, there are a variety of different approaches that property owners can take such as traditional piles, groundworks or even mini-piling. Read on as the Rhino Piling team explain how mini-piling works and why it is such an effective method…

Mini-piling is a type of foundational solution that can be implemented when there is a lack of headroom, a restriction on the amount of space that is available or when the first layer of soil is too unstable to support traditional piles. It is no secret that regular piling is the superior option, however mini-piling is an incredibly effective alternative in these situations.

During the process, steel casings are driven or screwed into the ground using specialist machinery and then filled with concrete or grout. It is incredibly similar to traditional piling; however, the soil is given additional support from the external shaft casing which is important in situations where the soil is too weak to support the mini-pile on its own.

There are several different types of mini-piling that contractors can choose from in order to suit a particular project. For example, sectional auger mini-piling involves installing the supportive shafts in segments in order to account for a lack of headroom or space. Interestingly, these supports can be left in place or removed after the concrete has been poured in depending the stability of the soil.

Here at Rhino Piling, we want to provide our clients with a foundation that can withstand the test of time. After all, it is a time consuming and costly endeavour which means that property owners should never have to invest in additional projects in order to rectify sloppy or lazy work. Our team are highly trained in the field of foundational approaches and that is why Rhino Piling is considered the best piling Manchester has to offer. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the team today!

Frequently Asked Underpinning Questions

Here at Rhino Piling, we know how much damage subsidence can cause to a property, especially when it is left to fester and is not rectified as soon as it is discovered. Our experts are trained in order to assess the foundations of a building and find an appropriate solution that will benefit the client and the structure simultaneously. Underpinning is a foundational method that can be used in order to provide additional support to properties that have been affected by subtle or severe subsidence. Read on as we go over some of the FAQ’s that customers tend to have about underpinning…

Why does underpinning need to be implemented?

In the majority of cases, underpinning is used in order to secure a property that has been affected by subsidence. This is the sudden or gradual sinking of a certain area of a building due to the movement of the soil underneath and it can be recognised by the presence of diagonal cracks in brickwork, gaps between window or door frames, and the gradual leaning of a property to one side. Underpinning reinforces the damage caused by subsidence in order to secure the structure from within.

How much does underpinning cost?

It is difficult to determine how much it will cost to implement underpinning foundations as the amount of work that needs to take place tends to depend on the extent of the damage that has been caused by subsidence. In addition to this, foundational experts must also take the location of the property into consideration and whether or not access is restricted. Luckily, underpinning is an investment for the future and often only needs to be implemented once in a lifetime.

Does underpinning affect home insurance?

Many homeowners are concerned that investing in underpinning methods can affect their quote with a home insurance provider. After all, high-risk properties often come with a higher premium. Although underpinning can reduce the risk of subsidence, it does not guarantee that the problem will be completely eradicated. As a result, it is recommended that homeowner’s shop around for insurance in order to find the best price and prevent insurance companies from taking advantage of their situation.

It is important that property owners are able to recognise the early signs of subsidence so that they can take the appropriate measures to rectify the problem before it becomes too serious to solve. After all, an entire property can collapse if subsidence is allowed to progress past a certain point. Luckily, underpinning replaces soft soil with stronger materials and creates a framework underneath an existing foundation in order to stabilise a property. To find out more information, get in contact with the best piling Manchester has to offer and speak to a member of the Rhino Piling team today!

The Lowdown on Restricted Access Piling

Piling is used in order to provide a property with a foundation and ensure that the overall structure is secure. As a result, it often requires the use of large, heavy machinery in order to install the piles deep within the ground, however there are certain situations where this is not feasible. Luckily, industry experts have prepared for this inevitability, and restricted access piling is a piling approach that can be carried out in specialist circumstances. Read on as we go over everything there is to know about restricted access piling…

Where is restricted access piling carried out?

There are many situations when the traditional machinery used to install piles cannot be utilised effectively, and this is where restricted access piling comes into play. For example, this method can be used when access and headroom is limited, when noise and vibration must be kept to minimum, in locations where weight surcharges apply, at archaeological sensitive sites, or when underpinning is being implemented from within an existing building or structure.

How is restricted access piling installed?

A casing with a diameter of 100-1080mm is placed into the ground at the required depth using a pre-determined drilling technique. After this, reinforced steel is inserted into the casing in order to provide addition support to the pile, and then concrete grout is pumped into the structure. Depending on the circumstances, the casing with either extended the full depth of the pile or it will stop short of the desired depth and the steel reinforcement will provide the necessary additional support.

What are the benefits of restricted access piling?

Restricted access piling is an excellent way to secure the structure of a property that has been deemed unsuitable for traditional piling methods. For example, it can be successful utilised in existing buildings and tunnels, in all ground/soil conditions, and areas where excessive vibrations may put the structure of nearby properties at risk. In addition to this, restricted access piling can also be carried out in a cost-effective and eco-friendly format.

Here at Rhino Piling, we know how important a foundation is for the longevity of a building and that is why our team work around the clock in order to devise the most effective piling solutions possible. In fact, we specialise in everything from underpinning and mini-piling to new-build foundations and restricted access piling. To find out more information about the piling solution that is suitable for your property, get in contact with the best piling Manchester has to offer today!

3 Reasons Why a Building Needs a Foundation

The ground that we walk on answers to nobody but nature and this means that our man-made buildings are constantly at risk of deterioration from forces that we cannot see, hear or control. As a result, it is vital that every structure, from residential flats to skyscrapers, is reinforced with a high-quality foundation. Read on as the experts at Rhino Piling go over 3 reasons why a building should always have a foundation in place…

Stability

The weight of a small house and a large skyscraper may differ considerably from one another; however, it is essential that their individual loads are supported by a foundation in order to provide stability to the overall structure of the building. After all, a lack of stability leaves a property vulnerable to damage over its lifespan and means that certain pressure points of a structure will have to bear more weight than others because the load is not spread equally.

Prevents Subsidence

The movement of soil is thought to be the number one cause of foundational issues in existing properties. In fact, poorly installed foundations can do just as much damage as a lack of foundations. Piles are installed deep within the earth which allows the weight of a structure to bypass the weak soil and reinforce it onto the harder, more robust soil that is found deep within the earth. As a result, movement or moisture changes to the soil directly underneath a property is less likely to cause subsidence, the gradual sinking of a property or structure.

Longevity

There are buildings in the UK that were built hundreds of years ago and this means that a well-designed structure can last a lifetime with the very best team. With this said, the longevity guarantee of a building is only as good as its foundation because a lack of support will lead to early deterioration and this will, in turn, result in expensive and devastating consequences in the future.

Here at Rhino Piling, our team are trained to provide each and every customer with a service to remember. After all, a foundation should only be a once in a lifetime investment when it is done correctly and professionally. With this said, many of our projects involve the implementation of foundations to an existing building! To find out more information about the importance of a high-quality foundation, get in contact with the best piling in Manchester today!

The effect heat waves can have on your home’s foundations

Subsidence is a problem all homeowners should be wary of as it can end up causing expensive damage and can even cause large portions of your home to collapse, making it unliveable for the foreseeable future.

 

With British weather being so unpredictable; varying from heavy rain to scorching months of summer heat, homeowners also need to know what weather is capable of doing to their home’s foundations in order to spot damage before it gets worse.

 

Subsidence occurs when there is a shift in the ground underneath and surrounding the property’s foundations. This causes the building to sink or collapse. Hot weather affects the soil, causing it to shrink, as prolonged hot weather draws more and more moisture out from the earth. Clay soil is much more at risk from shrinkage than other soil types, but prolonged hot weather can cause every soil type to shrink enough that it can pull away from the foundations and cause subsidence.

 

If a property is surrounded by lots of trees and other foliage this can exacerbate the problem further as the roots of these will draw even more water out of the soil.

 

How to spot subsidence

 

Regardless of how it happens, the signs of subsidence are often the same. The most notable sign is that of diagonal cracks appearing inside the home, usually next to a door or a window. These cracks are generally wider at the bottom and get narrower as they get higher. Some of these cracks can be so bad they can be seen from the outside as well as the inside of the house.

 

If the crack appears underneath wallpaper it wont be as noticeable, it may manifest itself as a wrinkling of the wallpaper. Some cracks are known to make noises as they develop, so if you hear a large cracking or banging sound, investigate immediately and contact an engineer.

 

If you think your home is suffering from subsidence, contact the Rhinopiling today to speak to one of our experienced engineers in piling in Manchester.

The differences in equipment between commercial and residential projects

Whilst piling and groundworks do share some similarities across residential and commercial construction, there are also some notable differences that piling companies like us have to take into account before approaching each job.

 

These differences may seem like small changes, but if they are not heeded, then piling may be deemed unsuitable and even dangerous to be built upon. Understanding the differences is also important for clients so that they can select the right construction specialist for the project they have in mind.

 

Size Matters In Construction

 

The most easily recognisable difference between commercial and residential piling work is the equipment involved. The scale of the project is usually widely different; commercial jobs are usually large in scale and require bigger high-powered machinery, specialist equipment and even cranes to transport machinery and materials into place; residential properties require much smaller equipment that can be operated by single individuals and can be moved into place quickly and easily with little disturbance.

 

Most residential piling takes place on extensions to current buildings, which means access to the property is often limited. Large, cumbersome machinery, the likes of which you find on a commercial project, would be impossible to move into place. In order to be able to move machinery in to place with limited access, residential piling machinery is often constructed under specific guidelines in order to fit easily through tight spaces and is able to be set up with limited room available.

 

As machinery and equipment becomes bigger it also becomes more dangerous to operate and also requires more extensive training in order to operate. Without specially trained personnel commercial machinery cannot be operated. With residential equipment, the training is much less specialised.

 

The size of a project influences the equipment requirements we have to take into consideration for all piling in Cheshire.

 

 

The Benefits of Groundworks

The foundations of a property can be implemented in a variety of different ways as it is important to remember that piling is not the most appropriate solution for every project. In fact, groundworks are reinforced steel cages that are installed in order to aid our underpinning or piling methods and ensure that the finished foundation is stable and secure. Read on as we go over three benefits of investing in groundworks…

Overall Singular Strength

Although they may appear complicated, groundworks are actually a rather simple foundational solution. After all, they create a link between each pile that is installed into the ground and this creates an overall singular platform of strength and therefore ensures that a structure is as stable as it can possibly be when the additional weight of the brickwork is added on top of it.

Affordability

Since a high-quality foundation can last a considerable number of years, many property owners prefer to see groundworks as an investment for the future. With this said, it is also one of the most cost-effective foundational methods because the steel cage is relatively simple to construct which means that less time and money is spent on manual labour.

Durability

By creating a singular strength, groundworks provide a foundation with more durability than traditional piling would alone. After all, piles may transfer the weight of a structure to the soil deep within the earth, however these multiple points of strength will eventually require intervention. On the other hand, groundworks can increase the lifespan of piles by ensuring that this weight is spread equally over the entire foundation.

Here at Rhino Piling, our specialists are well versed in a wide range of different foundational methods. After all, we may be known for the best piling in Manchester, but that doesn’t mean that we are willing to sacrifice our groundworks and underpinning skills in the process. To find out more information about groundworks and the different places that they can be installed, get in contact with a member of the Rhino Piling team today!

Can Tree Roots Damage a Properties Foundation?

Here at Rhino Piling, we know how important the foundations of a property can be when it comes to determining the longevity of a final structure. With this said, there are a wide range of natural features, such as the type of soil or the length of tree roots, that foundational experts must take into consideration when petitioning a potential project. Read on as we go over everything there is to know about tree roots and the impact that they can have on the foundations of a building…

Why are tree roots so dangerous?

Since the roots of a tree grow within the ground; many people tend to underestimate how far they can travel. After all, the average depth extends 2m below the surface, however it is not uncommon for old trees to have a roots system that travels for an impressively high distance of 10 metres! As a result, the foundations of a property can be affected by tree roots because they have the strength to force their way through materials like concrete and brickwork.

In addition to this, tree roots collect moisture from the soil and feed it back to the tree for sustenance. Whilst this cycle of life is essential to the survival of a tree, it can cause soil to shift unexpectedly and affect the stability of structures that lack a strong foundation. In fact, tree roots can cause so many issues to both existing and new foundations that they are often removed.

Can tree root damage be prevented?

It is important to note that tree roots are often not a direct caught of foundational damage, such as subsidence. It is actually the movement of soil that affects the way that foundations are laid and puts pressure on integral parts of a structure. Luckily, there are several steps that can be taken in order to prevent tree roots causing extensive damage to a property such as creating a root barrier, removing trees in their entirety and investing in deep, strong foundations like piles that will not be affected by soil moisture changes.

The type of foundation that a property has can determine its stability as there are certain soil types, such as clay, that are simply too soft to support the weight of a building. Piling is a popular foundational solution that transfers the load of a property to the stronger and more robust soil deep within the earth, however it is important that tree roots are located a significant distance away. To find out more information, get in contact with the best piling in Manchester at Rhino Piling today!

3 Things to Take into Consideration During an Extension Project

There are many different ways that an extension can be implemented in order to improve the layout of a residential property. After all, they can increase the amount of space that homeowners have to utilise and may even increase the value of a home. With this said, it is vital that certain factors are taken into consideration prior to commencement and, in this blog, we’ve decided to go over the top three. Read on to find out more…

Planning Permission

Although the majority of extension projects tend to commence without planning permission, it is always advised that homeowners get in contact with the appropriate authorities anyway. After all, any type of building, such as a deck or conservatory, that is built without the required permission can make it difficult for a homeowner to sell their home in the future. In addition to this, if an extension is not built in line with safety guidelines then the government can order it to be taken down.

Budget

There are many different factors that can increase or decrease the cost of an extension project which is why a homeowner should ensure that their budget is thought-out. After all, it is not uncommon for building projects to be affected by delays which is something that a client’s budget should always account for. In addition to this, the size of an extension and the materials that it is made from can also influence the cost of a project too.

Foundations

An extension may be a separate part of a property but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need to be stabilised by a foundation. After all, soil movement may not strike for several years but a poor-quality or sheer lack of foundation can cause an extension to actually separate from the main part of a house. As a result, homeowners should always take the cost of foundations into consideration during their budget plan.

Here at Rhino Piling, we pride ourselves in our versatile approach to foundations. After all, it is vital that the weight of every extension is reinforced with a reliable foundation and piling is one of the most effective approaches on the market. To find out more information about the installation of piles near an existing build, get in contact with the best piling in Manchester and speak to a member of the Rhino Piling team today!

 

The Pros and Cons of Cast-in-Place Concrete Piles

Here at Rhino Piling, we recognise that the wide array of different methods that the piling industry provides can be confusing for property owners. After all, the type of foundation that a building requires is often determined by the condition of the soil, the location of the installation, and the type of structure that is being installed upon it. In order to clear-up any confusion, we have decided to go over some of the pros and cons of cast-in-place concrete piling. Read on to find out more…

Pro: Concrete cast-in-situ piles create less vibration

Unlike pre-made concrete piles, the space necessary for the cast-in-place concrete piles is excavated ahead of time as part of the preparation process. After this, a steel case is made and fresh concrete is poured inside and allowed to cure in order to form the pile itself. As a result, little vibration is made because the pile does not have to be driven into the ground in order to be installed.

Con: The installation time for cast-in-situ piles is often longer

With this said, pre-cast concrete piles are popular due to their time-saving promise. After all, these piles are cast ahead of time in a factory or warehouse using specialised machinery and then transported to the required location to be installed. On the other hand, cast-in-place piles are made on-site which can increase the installation time and any problems with the piles cannot be rectified beforehand which may even delay a piling project.

Pro: Concrete cast-in-situ piles are maintenance free

Since cast-in-place concrete piles are installed on a construction site, there is no need for any further intervention from the piling team. After all, concrete is a durable material which means that the finished piles are said to be maintenance-free. As a result, the structure that is built upon them shouldn’t need to be disturbed at any point in the future.

A foundation is essential in order to prevent subsidence and other forms of soil-movement related damage. Piling is one of the most popular foundational approaches because the weight of a structure is transferred to the stronger and more robust soil that is found deep within the earth. To find out more information about cast-in-situ concrete piling, get in contact with the best piling in Manchester and speak to a member of the Rhino Piling team today!