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January 24, 2024

Helical Piles as a Foundation Solution for Structures Near, or in Water


In this article, we would like to highlight the advantages of using helical piles as a foundation solution for structures near or in water. When it comes to building structures near bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers, or coastlines, traditional concrete foundations can pose significant challenges due to a probable high-water table or the need for shoring and water pumping. However, helical piles offer a revolutionary alternative that provides numerous benefits.

Helical piles offer several advantages when it comes to building or repairing structures such as houses, cabins, docks, boathouses, boardwalks, and retaining walls near or in water. One major advantage is the ease of installation. Techno Metal Post's installation equipment allows the piles to be installed near or in water, with minimal impact. This means that the construction process is swift and efficient, without the need for extensive excavation, dewatering, or site damage/disruption.

A high-water table is a common challenge faced when building near water. Traditional concrete foundations often require extensive dewatering, which can be time-consuming and costly. Not to mention, the damage they might undergo through environmental conditions, is inevitable.

Helical piles, on the other hand, can be installed without the need for dewatering. They are screwed directly into the ground, without excavating or removing soil, minimizing the impact of the water table on the construction process. This not only saves time and money but also reduces any environmental repercussions.

Another advantage of using helical piles near or in water is their exceptional stability. They help ensure the long-term durability and safety of the structure, giving you peace of mind knowing that your investment is built on a solid foundation.

One significant advantage of helical piles near or in water is their resistance to corrosion. They are offered with a hot-dipped galvanized coating, which acts as a protective barrier against the corrosive effects of water and moisture. This coating enhances the durability and longevity of the piles, ensuring they can withstand the harsh environmental conditions associated with bodies of water.

Furthermore, helical piles are an environmentally friendly choice. Their installation process requires minimal disturbance to the surrounding ecosystem, as it does not involve heavy and loud machinery and/or excavation. This makes them an ideal option for projects that aim to minimize their impact on aquatic habitats while preserving the natural beauty of the area.

However, it is important to mention that the installation of Techno Metal Posts is not recommended in lakes that undergo periods of deep freeze, which eventually leads to ice accumulation. The movement from this ice, thereafter, can cause damage to the piles and the structure.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about helical piles and their applications, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to assist you with your foundation needs. 




Techno Metal Post designs and manufactures screw piles, specialized installation equipment and all the elements required to support your permanent and temporary projects.

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