Walk onto Southwest Florida’s hidden gem, St. James City, and you may never return home again. The 7-mile drive south from the 4-way stop at the Pine Island Center provides a trip back in time to Florida’s old country. The unspoiled bay waters, breathtaking sunsets, and delicious seafood at waterfront eateries have the trappings of an exotic, tropical island without even having to exit the country.
HELICAL PILES FOR SWIMMING POOL SUPPORT
Most waterfront neighborhoods have a history of home settling, which often proves to be a good indicator that you have poor soil conditions that require additional foundation support for the pool structure. If you live in an area within close proximity to water, there is a high probability non-engineered fills were used to build your existing house pad. These fills in and of themselves are not unhealthy, but today’s engineers are very dubious of building structures on questionable fills and may specify helical pilings for additional foundation support.
Swimming Pools are often installed adjacent to waterfront shorelines, which have high levels of unstable or organic soils. This creates settling over an extended period of time can cause severe cracking and associated problems. These symptoms usually entail both extensive and expensive repairs. The general contractor for this project ordered a geotechnical analysis to identify the soils conditions, to provide better insight for proper foundation stabilization.
The soil report revealed serious peat material beneath the existing grade consequently requiring a helical piling foundation. The pool engineer provided the design and load bearing capacity. The number of anchors required, their location and capacity, are also determined by an engineer during the design stage and are included on our structural plans.