By Jack Schimpf
Over the holiday weekend, as we do every year, my wife, kids, and I spent time in a family-owned bungalow in Manahawkin, NJ, which is located just to the west of Long Beach Island. Last year at this time, the evidence of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath was still obvious and depressing: luxury homes spray-painted with scarlet letters of their inhabitability, boats upside down in front yards, and segments of docks roped off to the public to avoid injury. This year is a much different scene thanks to the awakening to the use of helical piles to raise and restore foundations, repair docks, and reinforce bulkheads and moorings. Some evidence still remains, but many people are now cognizant and utilizing helical piers to speed the repair of their properties, and many contractors understanding the benefits are now specializing in their installation.