Underpinning Slab Foundations Pawcatuck, 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.
The foundation of docks and beams (sometimes called columns or beams) build houses to protect them from floods and moisture. There is tracking space between the house and the floor high enough to allow for the installation of public services, including plumbing and electrical wiring so that it can be easily accessed in case of problems.
In fact, this is maybe the main benefit of pillar and beam basics over slab foundations. For example, if the latter has plumbing problems, you need to open the concrete floor to get to the damaged pipe. Generally, the former has less fundamental problems than slab construction and may have lower repair costs. Also, there is a little more air insulation under the house, saving energy costs.
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