Making previously unusable space in your home usable again is a great way to add value to your investment. Underpinning (or basement lowering) is a great way of making that unusable basement into something that becomes part of your family home. Extra headspace never hurt anyone.
Canada Waterproofers Whitby can underpin your home at an affordable price. But more importantly, we have the skills, training and licensing to make sure the job is done safely. Underpinning can be dangerous is left in the wrong hands – even catastrophic.
You will need drawings and permits for the job. We can point you in the direction of engineers who can help with that, if you want to handle it yourself, or we can do it for you.
UNDERPINNING ADDS NEW SQUARE FOOTAGE
It’s a complex process, and it will be disruptive for everyone involved, but the return-on-investment will be substantial.
What is underpinning? It’s an industry term. Technicians are literally lowering the basement of the home.
As you can guess, this isn’t a job for amateurs. It requires expertise. It requires professionalism. It requires workers who are accredited and insured. It’s vital to determine the right excavation levels for the home. It’s vital to know the footing arrangement, and the plans and details for moving or extending load-bearing walls. It goes without saying that underpinning done incorrectly can be dangerous and dire for those who live in the home.
Technicians will dig under the existing foundation and add a new concrete footing extension to the basement perimeter, and a new concrete floor slab.
Underpinning requires inspections and engineering reports throughout the entire project. City inspection is free but engineer reports are an additional cost. Reports may be required at the sole discretion of the city inspector.