How Pile Drivers Contractors Can Save Your Assets

After the 2005 body slam by Hurricane Katrina, the entire nation became acutely aware of the strange geography of New Orleans. The placement of New Orleans makes part of it a peninsula and creates an elevation anywhere from five feet below sea level to 15 feet above sea level. While 15 feet may seem like a lot when you’re looking up at it, it’s actually a joke when it comes to protecting a population from the ravages of the sea. These characteristics of the “Crescent City” make construction extremely difficult. If you are planning on building any kind of edifice in the area, you must contact pile drivers contractors in New Orleans. Without pile drivers, you stand a good chance of losing everything you own to the unique geography and violent waters that surround New Orleans. 

 

Introduction to the Pile

In order to best understand why pile drivers are so important to construction in New Orleans, it is important to understand what a pile is. In construction, a pile is basically a large pole that is made to be driven (via pile driver) deep into the ground. These poles can be made out of anything from wood to steel and are used to bring stability to a building that would otherwise be unstable. Due to the fact that New Orleans is so close to sea level (and even below it), contractors use piles to drive through sandy and soft soils until they find hard ground on which they can begin building. The contractors drive a predetermined number of piles into the ground and then start building the foundation around those piles. 

 

Types of Pile Drivers

As you can probably guess from the description of what they do, piles are not small so using a hammer to strike them into the ground is not going to do the trick. For these massive beams, pile drivers are the only way to get them deep enough into the ground to do their job. There are many different types of pile drivers, including diesel hammer drivers, vertical travel lead systems, hydraulic hammer drivers, hydraulic press-ins, and vibratory pile drivers.

Each of these types of pile drivers have their own method of operation and are used for various types of construction projects. In general, the pile drivers with the word “hammer” in the title operate very much the way you envision it. By means of various mechanisms, hammer style pile drivers drive piles into the ground by repeatedly striking them with a weight. If you have a project that is sensitive to vibration, your contractor will likely use the hydraulic press-in model. With this type of pile driver, a hydraulic system is used to apply immense pressure to the piles and gently press them through the soil: no banging and no vibration. If, however, vibration is not a concern but noise continues to be, there is a good chance your contractor will use a vibratory pile driver. These pile drivers very gently shake the pile driver into (or even out of) the ground using various power systems. 

For more information on pile drivers and why they are important to your project, contact pile drivers contractors in New Orleans.

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