Revealed: The Key Soil Differences in New Orleans & the North Shore

When it comes to your foundation, there could be any number of reasons as to why you see cracks or need repairs. And, in a lot of situations, it has to do with the soil itself that the foundation lays on. Let’s discuss how these differences can appear and the effect it has on your foundation. Learn all of this before you contact us for your foundation repair needs for your home on the Northshore.

How It All Works

Here in Louisiana, we have a variety of environmental factors that affect the type of ground on which our home’s foundation rests. Think about our proximity to the Mississippi River, our elaborate system of swamps and bayous, our lush wetlands, and other various regions. These all affect how homes and structures settle and react to the elements here in South Louisiana. In fact, there are often drastic differences from one part of our region to another, even within a relatively small distance.

For homeowners in cities like Hammond, Ponchatoula, Covington, Mandeville, and Slidell—a New Orleans-based foundation repair company may seem like the convenient option. However, the soil across Lake Pontchartrain is quite different from that on the Northshore. To account for the difference in sea level, the depth of the water table, and types of soil in the New Orleans area—these foundation repair companies utilize techniques that won’t be appropriate for your home.

As most people know, the majority of New Orleans is below sea level. As such, the water table rests one to two feet below the ground. To combat these elements, the pressured pile method of foundation repair is employed. These pilings can be pressed into the ground to depths of 70 feet or more. At this depth, there is more solid clay. This is the only method that works for foundations in the greater New Orleans area. However, this is a very ineffective method for denser ground found on the Northshore and in the Baton Rouge area.

From Baton Rouge, east to Slidell, the drill shaft method is ideal. It’s due to the rich clay-laden soil that we can find easily. Good, solid clay can be found at a depth of 10 to 20 feet. Once your home is raised as close as possible to its original grade, structural steel supports are placed on each pier. WCK Foundation Repair has been using this method for over 30 years. So if you need someone to come in and provide high-quality foundation repair services for your home on the Northshore, give us a call. We’re more than happy to help.

Get Foundation Repair Services For Your Home on the Northshore

Located in Walker, LA, WCK Foundation Repair service the greater Baton Rouge area and are in a convenient location to meet the needs of Northshore homeowners. Owner Mike Wall and the WCK Foundation Repair team are dedicated to educating the community on foundation repair. If you’re ready to begin with us, just give us a call at (225) 664-5956. One of our professionals will be with you soon.

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