Why is there soooo much monitoring?
The last thing you want to hear as a homeowner or business owner is that you are going to be required to pay someone or a company to watch over your work as it is being performed. On top of it, it is typically an expense that is estimated, (until the project is completed) and not really planned for. We as a business are not thrilled about it either, because it typically takes additional time and scheduling to get the same work, that we were going to do and are contracted to do, completed.
Let’s jump into what exactly this extra inspection is. Anytime that you are performing a helical pile system or helical pier installation, there is this thing called IBC 1705.9. (see below)
1705.9 Helical Pile Foundations
Continuous special inspections shall be performed during installation of helical pile foundations. The information recorded shall include installation equipment used, pile dimensions, tip elevations, final depth, final installation torque and other pertinent installation data as required by the registered design professional in responsible charge. The approved geotechnical report and the construction documents prepared by the registered design professional shall be used to determine compliance.
As you can see it states that there has to be a continuous inspection for the installation of your helical pile/pier system. This is to ensure that all the product and components match what is stated to be installed per the design details. It also ensures that the required installation depths and torques are reached for the project. Believe it or not, some companies try to cheat the system and will not go to a high enough capacity on their installation because of the additional costs that would be incurred for additional material. Trust us, we have seen other companies do this to unsuspecting customers. When companies do this, the piles typically will end up failing over time due to not being locked into competent soils. Having this 3rd party inspection ensures that everyone is held accountable.
Just like any other occupation, a few bad apples can ruin the entire bunch. At Dalinghaus Construction, we go in with the mindset that this is the last time we want to have us or you ever think about having to repair this section of your home again. Our track record proves this as we have never had a call back or had to fix a helical pile/pier job.
Feel free to reach out to us to learn more about this process and questions to ask when you are at any stage in fixing your home’s cracked, settling, or failing foundation.