Wood pile repair: During the 18th and 19th centuries, Boston was a growing city. Many neighborhoods were created through massive land-filling operations, taking place over vast areas of swampland. At that time, builders had successfully utilized wooden piles to support the new buildings within these landfilled areas.
Today groundwater levels in the Greater Boston have been lowering at an alarming rate. In many areas, the water table is over five feet lower than it was a century ago, exposing the wood pilings to air. This new exposure to air allows microbes to attack the wood piles, ultimately compromising their structural integrity.
Many "Brownstone" style buildings are founded upon rotting pilings and are starting to settle. Symptons of foundation settlement include cracks in the brickwork, sloping floors, and sticking doors.
Foundation Underpinning: The foundation repair process is generally referred to as underpinning. The process starts by digging underneath the foundation, exposing some wood piles below. The rotting sections are cut off and are then structurally repaired.
EFT provides specialty underpinning services to help repair settling foundations in the Boston area.
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