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

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

For homeowners on the I-12 corridor in cities like Hammond, Ponchatoula, Covington, Mandeville, and Slidell with foundation issues, a New Orleans based foundation repair company may seem like the convenient option.  However the soil across Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans is quite different from that on the North Shore.  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 North Shore and in the Baton Rouge area.

From Baton Rouge, east to Slidell, the drill shaft method is ideal.  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 place on each pier. 

WCK Foundation Repair has been using this method for over 30 years.  Located in Walker, LA, they service the greater Baton Rouge area and are in a convenient location to meet the needs of North Shore homeowners.  Owner Mike Wall and the WCK Foundation Repair team are dedicated to educating the community on foundation repair.  It’s critical for your home that you select the right company and the right method of repair depending on the unique soil in your area.

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