Your home is your most valuable and most cherished possession, there is no question about that. It is the most important factor in ensuring the safety and the well-being of your family. That is why you need to pay extreme attention to the structural state your home is in at regular intervals. If a part of your home is in a poor state, like, say, the foundation, it won’t be long until you find your entire home in a poor state, threatening the safety of your family. Since the foundation is the structural heart of every home, you should always strive to make it stronger and, in case of damage, repair it as soon as possible.
If you notice any cracks throughout your home, chances are high that there is something wrong with the foundation. This is a clear sign that you should immediately seek the help of professionals, who will determine what procedure would be required in order to prevent further damages. One of the most common procedures performed in these cases is Underpinning.
Underpinning is an engineering method used for the purpose of supporting structures and restoring the strength of their foundations. The procedure itself involves excavating additional sections under the existing foundation and pouring blocks of concrete below each section. The outcome of this procedure is the creation of a new foundation below the already existing one. This is a rather complex engineering procedure, and you should never attempt to do it on your own. Always look for a company that provides high quality engineering services to perform this task. Such a company will use advanced techniques, including chemical grouting and Screw piles, to ensure the overall quality and the safety of the project.
The situations that might require Underpinning are the following:
– Structural movement caused by natural calamities
– Land subsidence occurring under the foundation
– Addition of floors to the existing structure
– Weakening of the existing foundation
– Increasing the height of the basement for other purposes
Before you make a decision about a project like this, you should pay attention to a number of factors. One of the most important ones is mentioned above, and that is to find a contractor with experience and expertise. Along with these, a contractor must be licensed, otherwise you’ll will face a great danger of your home getting damaged and you paying for it.
Also, about the insurance. In order to receive a “home under renovation” insurance policy, you will have to provide detailed information regarding any projects you plan to undertake. Failing to do so will make your insurance policy void, and will not cover your expenses should accidents occur.
Lastly, make sure that the contractor obtains all the necessary permits before the project begins. If the contractor fails to do so, you will face a number of severe financial and legal consequences. Doing a project like this without permits will noticeable impact the potential selling price of your home as well as any insurance claims.
In order to avoid any of these problems, take your time, do a little bit of research, and make sure to hire the best contractor you can afford.