WHAT DO I DO IF MY HOME IS BUILT ON A HILLSIDE?
If your home is built on a hillside, then you should most definitely consider caissons! Drilled piers and caissons are incredibly important to support homes and commercial buildings that are built on hillsides. Not only do steel caissons keep hillside structures safe, but in so doing they help keep everyone living and working inside of them safe as well.
Homeowners and commercial property owners must ask themselves a simple question: if your home or commercial building is built on a hillside in an area prone to mudslides or landslides (which are very likely to happen when one lives on, or close to, a hillside), or if your home or commercial property is located in “Earthquake Country,” would you rather have your property protected by caissons drilled into solid rock, or do you just want to chance it?
LAND EROSION AND RETAINING WALLS
Erosion is a problem that many hillside homeowners contend with on a regular basis. When water, dirt, and other debris come down the hillside, this causes erosion which, over time, typically does get worse until it puts a property in great jeopardy, potentially causing it some very serious damage.
Weinstein Construction professionals can use retaining walls to block erosion from mudslides and landslides from damaging your home. Interestingly, in some cases, slide and erosion pressure can become so powerful that even retaining walls need support! In such cases, caissons are used to give extra support to retaining walls, helping to keep homes safe from sliding downhill, and caisson pumps create a dry work area by pumping out the water around the structure and retaining it, until it had been pumped out.
In short: piles and caissons are so strong that they are used to support the weight from all the cars and trucks that drive on the freeway. If caissons are used to hold up bridges and freeways, think about how much support your home or commercial building will have when it is protected by caissons!