Underpinning Slab Foundations Quinebaug, 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.
House leveling is a term used to describe the process of building a house as close to its original state as possible (where construction permits). House leveling is usually achieved by repairing the base by Underpinning Slab Foundations.
Houses sinking to one or more places most likely have structural problems. House leveling generally corrects the problem, but you also need to deal with the cause of the problem to prevent similar damage in the future. Foundation erosion, structural damage, volatile soil conditions, plumbing leaks under slabs, poor external drainage, and invading tree roots can cause houses to sink, floors to sink or become uneven. It is also important to fix these problems before leveling the house to ensure a more permanent solution.
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