Our company specializes in basement lowering in Toronto, and oftentimes get asked the following question, “what’s underpinning?” Here we give a short answer to this question.

“Underpinning” includes a term in the industry which generally is utilized to define reinforce a foundation already in existence. It might be to shore-up a structural foundation which was originally poorly built or degraded over a period of time, is now subject to land-slippage or subsidence, or is getting ready to carry additional weight. Underpinning also is done as an owner of a home wishes to have a foundation of a basement dug out in order to raise the height of the ceiling in their basement. It’s also termed basement lowering.

Our Basement Lowering in Toronto specialists explain what that has to do with your basement

Usually, contractors engaged with underpinning a basement wall because the homeowner is determined to deepen the wall to develop a basement of full height. Within this case, they’re occasionally initially no more than crawlspace under flooring. During other periods, the strategy might be to deepen the basement constructed for storage, in order to develop living space that has livable height.

Merely excavating the floor out might upset the foundation’s balance, as it slides inward and cracks the above walls. That is why it is required to dig underneath them to develop a new foundation.

Process Stages

If there ever was one basement task that is absolutely not advised for the uninsured or an amateur, basement underpinning is it. Get that right, and you will significantly add value to a home. If you get it incorrect, and you might wind up destroying the fabric of the home.

Hire a structural engineer who has a history of finished projects, to get approval for the task and prepare statutory documents.

Hire an underpinning contractor who similarly is skilled to do the following tasks:

• Remove a tiny section of foundation to gain accessibility underground, and then substitute it with load bearing joists.

• Excavate all strips to the depth required, and then pour reinforced, shuttered concrete under the exposed foundation sections.

• As the newer foundations are fully cured, finish the underpinning balance.

• Lay new flooring as everything becomes stable, as well as build the inside of the extended space out.

For more information on our basement lowering services contact Aquatech Waterproofing at 416-300-2191.