Biodegradation of Untreated Wood Foundation Piles in Existing Buildings: Part 1 - Investigation

June 29, 2007
Publication: Structure Magazine

When wood foundation piles deteriorate, they can become incapable of supporting the buildings founded on them. This article, Part 1 of a 3-part series on pile biodegradation, discusses the available investigative techniques aimed at quantifying, understanding, and preventing biological deterioration of untreated wood foundation piles that result in settlement of numerous buildings in historic cities throughout the U.S.