How can underpinning restabilise your property?
Sinking. Wall tremours, cracks and peeling are all symptomatic of poor foundational underpinning. This doesn’t necessarily mean your house foundations were built poorly, but that the infrastructure itself is aging and needs revitalisation.
This article, brought to you by My Home Underpinning, is aimed to give you a good overview of what underpinning is and how you can fix structural damage impacting your property before it gets serious.
What are some of the things that cause sinking? Flooding, minor earthquakes, hailstorms and muddy foundations. If your properly sinks just 2-3 centremeters, you’re looking at serious structural risk. This can impact on the value of your property if you’re looking to sell. It can also create a snowball effect and worsen your foundations over time. As a home owner, you need to act quickly and engage a robust, industry-standard underpinning company that can put your foundations right again.
Don’t let the elements get the best of your house. To assist you in making a decision to engage an underpinner in Melbourne, we’ll let you know exactly what the underpinning process entails and how much it might cost you.
Underpinning Melbourne is a two stage endeavour. The first of these is carrying out an assessment on your property. This includes recruiting a structural engineer to examine the ground and soil around your house, and the output is an initial brief report.
The underpinning process is quite complex, and your team will be comprised of: a field worker, a concreter, an engineer and a geochemical engineer, as well as a friendly admin team back at home base to take care of your customer service inquiries.
Over a few visits, the field worker will undergo a detailed assessment on your foundations, of which you will receive a copy. They may engage a geochemical engineer to test the soil around your structure. An action plan will then be developed and if approved, work will take place to stabilise your residence.
At the base of most houses are concrete or resin layers which lock your foundation in place. Once an assessment is made, the next step is engaging a concreter or chemical engineer to carry out the planned work. They will either use concrete or resin pour into the base. There are some advantages and disadvantages as to which is best, but the team would walk you through these before starting on the work.
One of the biggest shortcuts our company witnesses is where customers engage an underpinner to concrete the property foundations right from the get go. While this may be tempting, you don’t get:
- A planned, detailed approach which will future proof your home.
- An evaluation of underpinning costs that gathering some quotes might provide.
- A written report of your underpinning process which could feed into property evaluations.
Other underpinning services? What about House Lowering Melbourne
Now, underpinning isn’t just a process of stabilisation. Sometimes customers want to ramp up their ceiling space on the lower levels. The way that house lowering works is the engineer will conduct an analysis and engage a plan for draining top soil and injecting new concrete at a lower point. This essentially ‘lowers’ your foundations deeper into the soil and creates more space up top.
Our business does this for you. Using the analysis collected in your field report, our engineers garner great results in house lowering across the Melbourne region.
Our team is always happy to share the latest underpinning advice we’ve got to offer. If you need specialists that can run you through the process described above, then we’re only a call away. Call 0413 060 254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today.