Underpinning Slab Foundations Long Hill, CT
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Underpinning can be done in one of two ways: one, improve the foundation system by enlarging the existing foundations or adding new foundations, and two, to improve the properties of the soil below the foundations without touching the building at all.
Improper soil moisture balance can cause foundation problems. Droughts, floods, tree roots, and shrubs pull water from the ground, and pipe breaks can disrupt the soil’s moisture balance and create fundamental problems. Here are some signs to keep in mind when trying to identify basic problems and it’s time to hire Underpinning Slab Foundations.
Cracks in slabs are often caused by soil or shrinkage of the soil beneath the house, but can also be due to the expansion of another area of the slab. If doors or broken panels get stuck or crack at the corners of the frame, it is usually due to a foundation problem. As the base settles and turns away from the horizontal, separation can occur around doors and windows.
Why is Underpinning Necessary?
There is a variety of reasons why underpinning might need to be carried out. These are usually related to subsidence issues. Some examples of why underpinning might be necessary are:
- A change in soil conditions under the foundation.
- Soil characteristics were not properly taken into account during the design phase.
- The original foundation is no longer suitable/strong enough.
- The construction/repair/excavation of neighboring structures endangers the current foundations.
- Additional floors are to be constructed underground