Category Archives: Hobart

Pier Movement

This house in the Hobart area, had a mixture of brick and timber piers that were sitting on the existing clay, without a concrete pad. We supported the existing floor and removed the sub-standard piers. We excavated and poured new concrete pads and fixed new galvanised steel piers in the concrete and to the timber bearer. Working height for this job varied from 900 mm to 300 mm.

Excavating new pier holes.


New steel piers
Work completed using new steel piers


Underpinnings showing traditional bulk excavation,  which is our main method for doing underpinnings.

This is the most reliable method and we are happy to provide a 20 year guarantee on all our works. Owners can actually look in the hole and see what the house will be sitting on. Engineers can visually see and check that the new underpinning foundation will be sitting on rock or high kpa bearing capacity. Any floating rocks or hard crust layers can be penetrated and removed if hit during excavation.

This cannot be done with resin injections or steel bar techniques.

Concrete foundations have been the main material for house foundations for many years and will continue to be so. The main reason why houses with concrete foundations have failed, is because they did not have concrete piers put in during construction, or they were not put in deep enough.

Which is what traditional underpinning does.

Hole for Underpinning