Biodegradation of Untreated Wood Foundation Piles in Existing Buildings: Remedial Options - Part 3 of 3

December 30, 2009
Publication: Structure Magazine p 15-17
Author(s): Vatovec, Milan Kelley, Paul L.

Abstract: Untreated wood piles supporting buildings in cities historically built on urban fill are subject to increased biological deterioration due to localized groundwater drawdown, predominantly caused by man-made construction. Groundwater depletion, along with the growing uncertainty relative to realistic projected overall service life of piles (regardless of whether continually submerged or not), has become a significant economic problem and/or concern among building owners in historic cities.

Keywords: Foundation Pile Wood