Float homes are the ultimate in west coast water front living, however as new technology in environmentally friendly floatation has come around allot of the older float homes are in need of upgrading or repair. The traditional open cell Styrofoam billets have been used for many years, but have many down falls, first and foremost the release of small beads of Styrofoam into the water systems that pollute our shore lines. This happens in many ways, the most avoidable is mechanical damage by boats, dock systems, or other things that come into play in your float home community. The most unavoidable is otters, the lovable otter will burrow and nest in old open cell Styrofoam billets, below is a photo of an otter hole that ran the full 40' of that particular float home. inside turning the foam removal we encountered large areas complete void of foam that the otters have dug out and put into the water. This is not only a environmental concern, but a safety concern for the float home. As the otters remove the floatation supporting the float home, it can start to list to one side or sink lower into the water putting the wood frame of the house in the water. Old style Styrofoam billets are also a breeding area for sea life, they will latch on and multiply add unneeded weight to the billets making them float lower in the water, removal of such sea life is not advised as by taking them off they will pull piece of Styrofoam with them into the water.The new polyethylene wrapped billets give a smoother surface that provides less grip for them hold onto and allows for easy removal over the years when sea life starts to build up.
Our process for float home floatation replacement is simple and easy, no divers no lifting with chains necessary, we simply bring it atop of a platform that allows us to raise it out of the water, then we brace up your load bearing walls with large beams that allow us to jack the house up a few inches to allow for removal of old floatation, as well as inspecting the underside of your home to make sure there is no water damage or sagging going on.
Contact us today for more information on our float home rehabilitation.