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Foundation Underpinning When Should I Consider Foundation Underpinning?

Sometimes a building’s foundation needs to be strengthened through the use of underpinning. Underpinning can be done during construction or remodeling, so you don’t have to worry if your home is older or has had other foundation repairs completed. A visible sign that your home may be in need of foundation underpinning services is when cracks appear. If the cracks are 1/4 inch or larger or run diagonally, you should contact Basement Masters Waterproofing as soon as possible. This could mean that your foundation has seriously shifted and is no longer structurally safe. You don’t want to wait to make this kind of repair.

Reasons for Underpinning

If you are unfamiliar with underpinning, you may wonder why your house would need it. Here are a few reasons that Basement Masters Waterproofing would recommend underpinning for your home’s situation:

  • A weak or unstable foundation
  • A natural disaster like flooding, drought, or earthquake has caused settling or movement
  • The purpose of the structure has changed
  • It is more economical and effective to repair the current foundation, rather than building a new one
  • The soil supporting the foundation changes through natural causes like sinkholes or were mischaracterized prior to construction

There are other reasons why you might need underpinning for your home, but these are the most common. It is important that your foundation is stable and secure to protect your family as well as your neighbors. The longer you wait, the more expensive your repairs can get.

The Underpinning Process

The underpinning process is relatively simple and easy to perform in many different types of homes. Our professionals will dig out about eight feet in and excavate under the footing. We’ll then pour a retaining wall around the interior of the foundation. This underpinning, also known as benchpinning, will strengthen your home’s foundation and keep it stable. By underpinning, you will bypass the bad soil, making sure your residential foundation sits on strong soil or bedrock. This means that your foundation will have less chance of moving over the years. We use only the best, most trusted materials on the market to complete underpinning jobs, so you can be sure your home will be secure for years to come.

Trust Basement Masters Waterproofing

We have years of experience in foundation repair and basement waterproofing that make us the best choice for your home. We always value customer satisfaction and open communication, so that we do the project right the first time. If your home has experienced severe cracking and you think you might be in need of foundation underpinning, contact us today! You’ll even receive a free quote.

 

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