› The best company in New Orleans for shoring, leveling and foundation repair

A faulty foundation can lead to major problems for a home. Eventually these problems can ultimately lead to a collapse. At Davie Shoring, we know how important it is that every part of a foundation be checked regularly. Our team is extremely knowledgeable on understanding the correlation between a building’s weight and support. From the joists to the footings, each part can affect the stability of a home. That is why we are extremely detail oriented in our foundation repairs, leveling a home or shoring.

Not only do we level and shore, but we also check every other part of the foundation that helps support the home to prevent future problems from occurring.

› In South Louisiana, expansive soil is always a major concern.

Expansive soil can result in a home that is unevenly supported and in danger of collapsing.

Most homes in South Louisiana are required to be built on underground pilings to support the weight of the structure. However, these pilings are not put deep enough to evenly support the weight. House leveling gives a home a stable point of contact. This process is achieved by tunneling underneath the slab to install segmented Permalock pilings, attached to the tops of the original pilings when possible.  These timber pilings may not be deep enough or my deteriorate.

Davie Shoring ensures that these pilings are driven down until a point of resistance is reached ensuring that each piling remains secure, making your home even and secure.

› A Few Disadvantages of Other Systems

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Bell Bottom Pier System

› Depths in wet soils cannot exceed 12 to 15 feet.
› Pile is not directly under the grade beam, it is offset and at an angle causing stress and failure.
› Interior piles are limited to a ceiling height of 8 feet and the slab must be broken out.

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Simple Pressed Piling System

› Buckling could occur due to the dis- jointed design of system.
› According to the Practical Foundation Engineering Handbook “The claims for this method include such statements as the weight of the building locks the sections of the pilings together with friction. And the soil through which the pilings have been driven, and which was compacted by the driving process, firmly locks the pilings in vertical position. In the absence of strong proof, either allegation would seem most suspect.”

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Post Tension Cable System

› According to the Practical Foundation Engineer- ing Handbook “An attempt to improve the alignment problem has been introduced. This involves threading the cylinders on a post tension cable. Once the desired numbers of cylinders are placed, the cable is tensioned, and it is hoped that it will both ensure alignment and develop some tension resistance within the column. The benefits actually realized from this approach are most questionable. The cable might improve the piling’s resistance to tensile forces but would offer little in resistance to lateral stress. Further the cable might tend to force the cylinders into closer and tighter contact but not likely to improve overall alignment.”
› In New Orleans wet conditions, the epoxy or glue used to connect the cable to the cylinders is rendered ineffective.
› If a mechanical anchor is used, any slack or tension on the cable during the life of the pile renders the entire pile disjointed.

Our PermaLock™ System

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› The PermaLock™ blocks are designed to lock together, therefore ensuring that every block is secure and becomes one continuous rigid concrete piling.
›With the threading and locking of each PermaLock™ block there is no lateral movement during or after installation due to expansive soils, soil consolidation, sloping sites, ground pressure or roots of trees.
› Straightness, true vertical alignment and concentric loading offered by Permalock™ resists buckling of the supporting piles that can occur with other systems.
› It is recommended that pile lengths should be limited to 75 times their diameter. * In South Louisiana, where depths over 50 feet are sometimes necessary, the PermaLock system satisfies this recommendation.
*Practical Foundation Engineering Handbook (McGraw – Hill Publishing 2000)


It doesn’t always take a foundation specialist to tell you that you have foundation problems. You can examine your house carefully using the following checklist to determine whether or not you need to have your house inspected.

• Cracks in the interior walls
• Cracks in a brick fireplace wall
• Nails “popping” out of the sheetrock
• Windows and doors that don’t fit squarely without binding

• Cracks that run diagonally along mortar joints in the brick veneer
• Caulk joints that are pulling apart
• Cracks in exposed concrete at the base of the house. If there are only small cracks, they may be non-structural, but they may also be the first indication of foundation problems
• Roof leaks even though roof material is in good shape
• House is leaning

› Sill & Pier Work

Statistics show that one of the most common problems that occurs in homes are rotting sills. Sills are the large wooden beams that rest directly on top of the piers.

In South Louisiana, sills on elevated homes are almost completely exposed on the underside of a home, leaving them vulnerable to termites and weathering. This causes them to rot out from under the building which can weaken the framework and lead to a collapse. The sills may rest on a wooden/brick/masonry pier which may deteriorate or sink in soft soils.

Davie Shoring will insert a protective shield to prevent termite damage to the home’s sills as well as replacing deteriorating wood or connected foundation components.

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