What is Underpinning?

What is Underpinning?

This is a question we are asked all to often and the answer is quite simple.

Underpinning job process

It is a method used to assist in restoring the original footings of a building that has cracked or is suffering from movement which can include cracking brickwork due to failure or movement of the foundation.

The footing of the home is supported/strengthened by adding a solid foundation below the ground level. This can be accomplished by extending the foundation in depth or breadth so it rests on a more supportive soil, or by allowing the increased size of the footing to distribute its load to a larger surface area.

In simple terms “we build a foundation underneath the existing foundation” which will prevent further movement in your home stopping the cracks.

Although this method is considered “traditional underpinning” the method works very well and has been considered an acceptable method for almost 100 years and in that time not much has changed. Due to this reason it is still considered one of the most effective ways in preventing further movement in a home.

The main benefits of this method is the simplicity of the engineering, a lower cost in labour and materials to achieve the desired result and minimal impact on occupants while carrying out the work. The entire process generally takes no longer than a week. This includes the digging of holes, pouring of the new foundation, allowing it to set, jacking the home up and finishing off.

Example of Underpinning Method
Traditional Underpinning Method example

We provide a traditional underpinning Solution and cover all areas in Adelaide. We are trained professional here to help. With years of experience in underpinning we have the knowledge to assist you in moving forward. In choosing Homemasters you can rest easy knowing you have made the right choice with your underpinning needs.

So before you paint and patch all those nasty cracks, have us assess it. It could be the best decision you ever make.

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