The piling is the first most groundwork in terms of construction. This can be said as the first step on which the foundation of the building or structure will be laid. Piling is done to provide a stronger base deep in the ground to bear the load of the structure. The piling will support the foundation by providing solid ground. Usually, the surface level soil or Strata is not suitable for lying the foundation because the ground is not firm. The piling helps to provide extra support deep in the ground that will share the weight on foundations. But piling is not an easy job. It required proper planning, understanding of the ground and expertise in piling to perform the job. It is always tricky to find the right contractor for the piling because every construction site is different and presents different challenges. Choosing the novice and inexperienced contractor will lead to serious damage to the structure. There are a few tips that can help you to select the right piling contractor;
- Experience: Experience and expertise is the core of this job. Always look into the past projects done by shortlisted piling contractors. Advantage of selecting the experienced contractor is that they will be helping you the right solution for piling, according to your site and structure design. The piling is the complex job and never experiment on a new contractor unless you or your company possess more expertise in the same regard. Not only experience should be checked but also check the human resource possessed by the contractor. As the piling contain a lot of human involvement and the quality of work will be affected if the staff of the contractor doesn’t have sufficient knowledge and expertise.
- Equipment: Next to expertise, equipment is the second thing to be looked for. Prefer the contractor who owns all the required equipment needed for piling works. Sometimes contractor hires the third-party equipment for the job completion but the core equipment like a drilling rig, drilling tools, lifting cranes etc., must be readily available for your job. IF the quantum of work is high, then the contractor may hire extra equipment from the third party. But they must also have all the required things int heir hand. All the equipment should be technically evaluated in terms of their model, year of manufacture, output performance etc.
- Meet at Site: Never proceed with any piling contractor without meeting them at the site of work. The contractor must visit the site and you should be asking all the questions about their work and methodology at the site. The response given by the contractor about the methodology as per your site will give you a better understanding of supplier calibre and experience.
- Referral: Referral can be the best way to know about the credibility of the piling contractor. If anyone in your circle has good experience about screw piling contractor then you should be considering the same for your job.