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A Brief Overview Of Home Underpinning That Every Homeowner Should Read

by Bessie Beck

Your foundation can fail due to a myriad of reasons but one of the most common issues that homeowners face is subsidence. When subsidence occurs and the soil shifts, the foundation loses its stability since the soil beneath it is no longer supportive. As a result, you will notice signs such as leaning of the structure, cracks forming on the walls that worsen progressively, sticking windows and so on.

While you have a range of solutions to choose from when it comes to foundation repairs, underpinning happens to be the top option for contractors and homeowners alike for several reasons. If your construction contractor has suggested home underpinning for your particular project, here is a brief overview of what you should know.

What scenarios would necessitate home underpinning?

The most common reason why your residential structure would require home underpinning services is for remedial reasons. For example, if the initial contractors made mistakes when designing and installing the foundation, your new contractors will come in to remedy these design flaws and underpin the foundation to strengthen it. Underpinning will also be a viable solution for repairing damage due to subsidence of your foundation.

The second reason why your property may require underpinning is if you are engaging in an extensive renovation. If the construction is being carried out on the house to create an additional floor or to expand the property, the underpinning will be essential to reinforce the foundation enough to accommodate the additional weight.

Lastly, you may want to consider home underpinning as a proactive measure to prevent unnecessary damage to a strong foundation. For instance, if you have commissioned an excavation project that will be carried out close to the house, the underpinning will protect the foundation against potential subsidence before it occurs. Alternatively, if the foundation is several years old, you may want to consider enlisting the services of underpinning contractors to protect it from eventual damages due to ageing.

Are all home underpinning projects carried out the same?

The main point of underpinning a foundation is to reinforce it by increasing its mass breadthwise or lengthwise. Nonetheless, the process is carried out in via different techniques depending on factors such as how deep you would want the foundation to be, the soil conditions and so on. It should also be noted that the kind of damage that your foundation has acquired or the aim of underpinning the structure will also influence the choice of technique. A few of the various underpinning techniques include the use of mini piles, pier and beam and more. 

For more information on home underpinning, reach out to a local contractor.