Raleigh Foundation Repair Costs

Raleigh Foundation Repair One of the most common questions we receive from homeowners is, how much will the foundation repair cost….but even before we see the project or have a structural engineer consult with us.  The answer is “it can vary”.  Some foundation repairs are simple and can be corrected quickly, perhaps because the issue was caught early. Others are from years of neglect or a severe structural problem that occurred at the time of construction. When you receive your initial quote.

Foundation Repair with Underpinnings in Raleigh

Foundational Underpinnings: Foundation Repair in Raleigh Foundation failure is always a serious matter.  Do not let it go unchecked by a structural engineer (as I mentioned in a prior blog https://www.goliathtechnc.com/foundation-repair-raleigh/).  Foundation repair efforts can be minimal if caught early. Left unattended, minor problems below often manifest as major problems above.  This is not too terribly different than what doctors tell us about our health.  If you let small problems fester, they become major health issues.  What starts as a tiny

Foundation Repair? Call a Structural Engineer

We get calls at the time about foundation repair where the homeowner has a crack in their foundation.  I wanted to take this blog entry to discuss the value of consulting a Structural Engineer like Chuck at Stonewall Engineering (http://www.stonewalleng.com) or John at Southern Engineers (http://www.southernengineers.com/).  We recommend both firms.  Great companies and business people. First of all, what’s a foundation and why is a foundation repair needed? When you start building a house you dig down below the

Helical Piles for Townhomes and Concrete Slab Support

  One of the preferred ways by structural engineers to support concrete slabs, is via a helical screw pile.  Now, typically this is not too difficult of a project, except when the builder forgets to tell you that the site you will be installing your piles, there is a 24 inch slab of concrete below!  Yes, that would have been nice to know in advance.  But needless to say, even with that being the case, GoliathTechNC was able

Wide Array of Applications for Helical Piles & Piers

While most people understand that Helical Piles & Piers can be used to fix foundations, what the North Carolina market is starting to understand is the wide array of applications in new construction.  In this blog post by GoliathTechNC, the North Carolina leader in Helical piles and piers, we will review some of the creative use cases for our products. Boardwalks GoliathTechNC has installed our helical piles and piers to support dozens of boardwalks and walkways across wetlands, swamp and ponds.  Generally

Why is my Foundation Settling?

One of the most common questions being asked of us is, “why is my foundation having a problem?”  The answer is that while there can be many reasons for a foundation problem, the most common is that the sub-grade beneath the slab has developed an uneven moisture content.  That is to say that some of the soils under the slab have more moisture and some have less.  When this happens in soils with expansive characteristics, it can result in dramatic

Benefits of Building with Helical Piles (or Piers)

Helical piles, also referred to as helical piers or screw piles, are steel shafts with a series of helical plates made from steel. These plates give the helical pile system compression and tension supporting ability; enabling them to be utilized for a myriad of projects including residential, commercial and environmental. Helical piles can be used for the restoration of existing structures without impacting usability due to a small work footprint. These systems are additionally ideal for remote construction

Helical Piles History

History The helical pile was invented by Alexander Mitchell, an Irish engineer, as a method to stabilize lighthouses, moorings and other structures that were built on sand and mud. The first helical foundation system was installed in the 1830’s. Originally called a screw-pile, the piles were made of cast or wrought iron and were screwed into the ground. The design and installation method provided more stability in weak soils than traditional straight piers. Helical piles have become an accepted industry solution